Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Newsletter

Registration Open! Webinar on Antibiotic Stewardship in Colombia and México

On Jun 21, please join CIDRAP-ASP for a webinar discussing the importance of effective, data-driven infection prevention strategies and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.

We'll hear from Aura Lucía Leal Castro, MD, MSc, and Luis Alfredo Ponce de León, MD, PhD, about guidelines for applying diagnostics to antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention and control in Colombia and México.

This accredited program is jointly provided by CIDRAP and ProCE, LLC, and has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and pharmacists. The activity is supported by an educational grant from BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company).




AMR in the News

This past week, CIDRAP News journalist Chris Dall, MA, reported on a study finding that inappropriate antibiotics for children were tied to an increased risk of adverse events and higher healthcare costs, and much more.

Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Partnership Hub

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy launched the Global Antimicrobial Stewardship Partnership Hub (GASP-h), which aims to meet the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) education and training needs of the global healthcare community. CIDRAP-ASP is delighted to be a founding partner.

Call for Participation in Veterinary Hospital Project

CIDRAP-ASP is encouraging US and Canadian small animal veterinary teaching hospitals to participate in a research project led by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to estimate antibiotic use in dogs and cats. Participants will have access to an online toolkit of antimicrobial stewardship resources, a free continuing education webinar, and co-authorship on a manuscript.

New AMR Reads of the Week

In our latest weekly analysis of the literature on AMR and antimicrobial stewardship, Francesca Chiara, PhD, MSc, MRes, evaluates a study to guide blood culture diagnostic stewardship in Nigeria, and Natalie Vestin, MPH, assesses a review of the evidence on transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria between humans, animals, and the environment.

Global Policy and Projects

AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund Report

The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN Environment Programme, and the World Organisation for Animal Health have published the AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund's Annual Report 2021 on the implementation of projects being implemented in eight low- and middle-income countries, as well as four global projects.

Bacteria-Targeting Vaccines in LMICs

In the Financial Times, Oliver Barnes, MA, reports on the difficulty faced by low- and middle-income countries in affording vaccines against bacterial diseases, predicting population uptake, and ensuring that national health systems can sustainably manage immunization campaigns.

One Health Approach to AMR in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Asian Development Bank published a report on practical actions to operationalize a One Health approach to climate change, AMR, gender equality, and food security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Antibiotic Stewardship App in Senegal

In The Telegraph, Will Brown describes an app built by Dr. Babacar Ndiaye and his team at Senegal's Institut Pasteur de Dakar to help clinicians interpret laboratory and susceptibility results and choose the correct antibiotic.

Challenges of Antibiotic Access in LMICs

In a commentary for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, Ojonugwa Abubakar describes the challenges of antibiotic stewardship in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting the possibility that over-the-counter antibiotic regulation in countries with low access may worsen health inequalities.

Antimicrobial Use and AMR in Poultry Farming in Bangladesh

On the One Health Poultry Hub, Md. Ahasanul Hoque, DVM, PhD, MS, and Robyn Alders, BVSc, PhD, discuss efforts to understand drivers of antimicrobial use and AMR in poultry farming in Bangladesh, as well as policy recommendations that take a One Health approach.

New AMR Center in Western Norway

The University of Bergen launched the Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Western Norway, which intends to optimize AMR surveillance and integrated stewardship, carry out genomic AMR surveillance, and improve AMR communication methods.

Effects of COVID-19 on Antimicrobial Stewardship Teams

On Contagion, Anna Zhou, PharmD, Richelle L. Guerrero-Wooley, MD, and Karen Tan, PharmD, discuss the positive and negative effects of COVID-19 on antimicrobial stewardship teams, including increased healthcare provider burnout, antimicrobial overuse, recognition of the value of antimicrobial expertise, and stronger multidiciplinary relationships.

New in the Literature: COVID-19 and Co-infections

The following articles represent a selection of literature added to the CIDRAP-ASP COVID-19 and Co-infections bibliography from May 26 to Jun 1, 2022.

Basnet A, Chand AB, Shrestha LB, et al. Co-infection of uropathogenic Escherichia coli among COVID-19 patients admitted to a tertiary care centre: a descriptive cross-sectional study. JNMA J Nepal Med Assoc 2022 (published online Mar 11)

Cheng VCC, Wong SC, So SYC, et al. Decreased antibiotic consumption coincided with reduction in bacteremia caused by bacterial species with respiratory transmission potential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online May 31)

Deghmane AE, Taha MK. Changes in invasive Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae infections in France during the COVID-19 pandemic. Microorganisms 2022 (published online Apr 26)

Jirjees F, Ahmed M, Sayyar S, et al. Self-medication with antibiotics during COVID-19 in the eastern Mediterranean region countries: a review. Antibiotics (Basel) 2022 (published online May 30)

Maki KR, Steiger SN, Su Y, et al. Bacterial infections and antibiotic utilization varies by coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) severity in hospitalized cancer patients: analysis from the first phase of the pandemic. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2022 (published online May 26)

Panesar R, Grossman J, Nachman S, et al. Antibiotic use among admitted pediatric patients in the United States with status asthmaticus before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Asthma 2022 (published online May 28)

Said KB, Alsolami A, Alshammari F, et al. Selective COVID-19 coinfections in diabetic patients with concomitant cardiovascular comorbidities are associated with increased mortality. Pathogens 2022 (published online Apr 25)

Weidmann MD, Berry GJ, Zucker JE, et al. Bacterial pneumonia and respiratory culture utilization among hospitalized patients with and without COVID-19 in a New York City hospital. J Clin Microbiol 2022 (published online Jun 1)


  • We launched an AMR communication toolkit designed specifically for primary care settings in low- and middle-income countries, but free and appropriate for anyone to use. The design of the AMR Communication Toolkit was led by the communication agency BB Partners and supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust. 

  • We recently published a report on efforts to address antimicrobial pollution in pharmaceutical manufacturing wastewater in India and a commentary on the 2-year anniversary of the CIDRAP-ASP COVID-19 and Co-infections Resource Hub.

  • Keep up with the latest by following @CIDRAP_ASP on Twitter.

  • We recently published a literature review on sustainability, access, and structural change in AMR work, which you can find on our ASP Research page.

  • We co-produce a podcast series—"Superbugs and You"—with the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition that features stories of resilience and innovation from patients, clinicians, and researchers experiencing and finding solutions to drug-resistant infections. You can listen to the series online or on your podcast app of choice.

  • We update our diagnostics and surveillance resource hubs regularly. Learn more about antibiograms, laboratory capacity in low- and middle-income countries, AMR surveillance across the One Health spectrum, and tools to implement AMR and antibiotic use data collection in diverse settings.

  • Are you looking for an online course, a video or infographic, a webinar recording, or another tool to educate yourself or others about AMR and antimicrobial stewardship? Check out our vast collection of educational multimedia, which is updated monthly with new resources.
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