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. Training-of-Trainers workshops on the AMS Advocacy Package have been conducted in 2015 which were participated by representatives from eight (8) pilot hospitals, where the said program was initially implemented.
ln relation to the regional and country-wide initiative to develop and institutionalize the AMS program in the Philippines. a 4-day training composed of the General AMS Training and the AMS Training Package for Pharmacists will be conducted in several batches by select training hubs (Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Philippine General Hospital).