Rational medicine use requires that patients receive medications appropriate to their clinical needs, in doses that meet their individual requirements, for an adequate period of time, and at the lowest cost to them and their community. However, irrational medicine use is a widespread and persistent problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as much as 50 percent of global medicine use is inappropriate. Poor medicine use can harm individual patients through treatment failure, for example, or can harm society, through the promotion of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is a steadily growing global health crisis that leaves established, first-line treatments ineffective at managing several significant infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and gonorrhoea. Alert to this crisis, the May 2015 World Health Assembly adopted global action on antimicrobial resistance, which outlines five objectives:
- To improve awareness and understanding of AMR through education and training
- To strengthen knowledge and evidence base through surveillance and research
- To reduce the incidence of infection through effective hygiene and IPC measures
- To optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health
- To ensure sustainable investment through research and development
AMR, and therefore, poor medicine use, requires an urgent and concerted response towards irrational medicine use from health workers at every level and across many disciplines. Health professionals must receive training on AMR to gain the knowledge and skills to contain its development and spread. Recognizing this need, IAPH has developed training curriculum on AMR-related issues targeting the health care professionals.
Each training course is delivered in (30) Learning Hours. These courses can be taken as part of the three-month programs for
a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate, or as stand-alone course. Upon meeting the course requirements, the participant will be
awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion by the International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by the
Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).