The 1st edition of the Peruvian version of the AIM-course, organised by IMTAvH and ITM was a success!
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a rising public health threat worldwide. Countries must ensure robust national action plans to tackle AMR, improving surveillance and control, strengthening AMR programs. The course “Contención de la Resistencia antimicrobiana y control des infecciones””- the Peruvian version of the ITM AIM course “Hospital-based interventions to contain antibiotic resistance in low-resource settings”- has been organized for the first time by the Instituto de Medicine Tropical Alexander von Humboldt (IMTAvH) in Peru in close collaboration with ITM, from August 10-26, 2021.
The IMTAvH offered 81 scholarships to healthcare professionals working in Peruvian hospitals to attend the course. Sixty-one (75.3%) participants completed the course; they represent healthcare professionals from 38 different hospitals of 15 regions of Peru. Among them, 52.5% were women.
This distance learning course has provided synchronous and asynchronous classes, divided in 8 sessions, focusing on 3 main areas: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Microbiology Surveillance, and Infection Prevention and Control. Lectures have been facilitated by Peruvian teaching staff from IMTAvH, colleagues from other Latin-American countries and a good representative of ITM lecturers, including Prof. Jan Jacobs’ team. The Alliance for Education in Tropical Medicine and International Public Health has supported this 1st edition of the Peruvian AIM-course by facilitating the virtual staff mobility of IPC consultant An Caluwaerts and PhD dr. Ernestina Repetto.