Conduct of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Training for all Level II Hospitals in the Philippines

The Department of Health – Pharmaceutical Division, through the support from the World Health Organization (WHO) has established a National Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) program with the following objectives: (1) to institutionalize leadership and mechanisms for clinical governance in the area of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR); (2) to establish positive behavioral changes in terms of antimicrobial prescribing, dispensing and use as shown by prescription monitoring: and (3) to prevent further spread of multi-drug resistant pathogens in the hospital and its surrounding community.

In March and September 2015, the DOH-PD started a stream of interventions through the conduct of Training-of-Trainers Workshop on the AMS Advocacy Package to hospital managers of (8) selected institutions. The following year, the Manual of Procedures (MOPS) for Implementing AMS Programs in Hospitals was developed by the DOH with the involvement of the pilot hospitals and professional societies. It is supported by separate modules for physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals (e.g. nurses, medical technologists and microbiologists).