The search for context-specific solutions to improve antibiotic access and use in Ghana

Antibiotics dispensing by over the counter medicine sellers (OTCMS) in LMICs is a pharmaceutical regulatory issue which often creates tension between regulatory bodies and OTCMS. Findings from our previous studies revealed that training of OTCMS and Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) facilities to dispense specific antibiotics could be one of the context-specific solutions toContinue reading “The search for context-specific solutions to improve antibiotic access and use in Ghana”

Congratulations to Sabina Asiamah

We would like to congratulate Sabina Asiamah – Senior Public Health Officer at Dodowa Health Research Centre (Ghana Health Service) – for the completion of her Master of Public Health! Her thesis ‘Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of pharmaceutical retailers towards dispensing of antibiotics: A qualitative assessment in the Shai-Osudoku district of Ghana‘ is accessible here:

ABACUS work presented at ECCMID 2021

Preliminary data from our costs analysis of inappropriate antibiotic use was presented by Samuel Afari-Asidu (ABACUS II study coordinator at the Kintampo Health Research Center, Kintampo, Ghana) at the ECCMID 2021. Our study explored the economic impact of inappropriate antibiotic use using the example of upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) in Ghana. Main conclusions: UnderstandingContinue reading “ABACUS work presented at ECCMID 2021”

Lancet Global Health publication!

Congratulations to the ABACUS team for their new publication! The global battle against antibiotic resistance can only succeed if local contexts are taken into account. “A tailored approach is needed in each country,” says Heiman Wertheim of Radboud university medical center. “There is no “one-size-fits-all’ solution.” This was the main finding of a study onContinue reading “Lancet Global Health publication!”

Looking for a postdoctoral qualitative researcher!

We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral qualitative researcher for the ABACUS II project! The postdoc position is at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health of the University of Oxford, United-Kingdom. ABACUS II is an ambitious project with partners in eight countries (including three African, three Asian and two European countries) aiming toContinue reading “Looking for a postdoctoral qualitative researcher!”

Report ‘Addressing antibiotic use: insights from social science around the world’

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to global health and economies, the harmful effects of which are disproportionately experienced by those living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Tackling this complex problem requires multidisciplinary and multisectoral responses. In the last few years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the vital role of socialContinue reading “Report ‘Addressing antibiotic use: insights from social science around the world’”

PhD thesis ‘Responsible antibiotic use: a multi-stakeholder perspective’

Antibiotic resistance leads to infections that are increasingly difficult to treat. Resistance can be partially curbed through responsible antibiotic use. In this thesis reponsible antibiotic use was explored by consulting different stakeholders: antibiotic prescribers, patients, public health organisations, manufacturers and regulators. Key results: Consensus on a definition and indicators for responsible antibiotic use that can beContinue reading “PhD thesis ‘Responsible antibiotic use: a multi-stakeholder perspective’”