Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing public health threat globally even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Cognizant that antibiotic overuse and misuse in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic may potentially exacerbate the AMR situation in the country and may put stewardship efforts at risk, the DOH acknowledged the more urgent need to implement antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) principles amid the pandemic in order to mitigate the unintended long-term consequences associated with antibiotic overuse during this time. With technical and funding assistance from the WHO Country Office and in partnership with the DOH Academy, PD redesigned and transformed the AMS training program to a blended learning framework with asynchronous (online modules) and synchronous learning sessions to adapt to the new normal, taking advantage of the online platforms. The AMS Blended Learning Framework Program for hospitals was implemented and rolled out in 2021. Following this blended learning framework, PD together with the designated AMS Training hubs shall continue to cascade the training this year in four (4) batches.
The schedule of training as well as the list of hospitals per batch that are invited to participate in the online AMS training course, including their AMS training hub assignment, are detailed in Department Circular 2022-0068 (underlined/hyperlinked to the copy of the actual DC) dated 31 January 2022 for information of the hospitals. The said issuance also details the process of registration to the online training course.
Attendance to the scheduled training is important to ensure that the DOH timeline for AMS implementation is achieved. Likewise, it shall also be part of the licensing requirements of the Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau (HFSRB) along with the AMS Program implementation in all the hospitals in the future.