Antimicrobial resistance is predicted to become the leading cause of death within the next thirty years. While the discovery of antibiotics revolutionized medicine, their overuse has promoted the development of resistance. Thus, treatment options are becoming limited and drug-resistant infections are projected to kill up to 10 million people per year by 2050.
'One Health' refers to a multifaceted approach to facing these challenges. One aspect of the One Health Approach includes education of key stakeholders, including healthcare workers, to promote the prudent use of antimicrobial agents.
In this course, we will cover the principles of antimicrobial resistance with a focus on antibacterial agents. By the end of the course, you will have a general understanding of where antibiotics come from, how resistance emerges and spreads, how antibacterial agents work, how we test bacteria for their susceptibility to drugs, and different approaches to prevent the spread of resistance.
The competence gained from this course can be applied to your practice to promote responsible antibiotic use.