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Training manuals and courses

The table below provides selected training manuals and courses within areas important for the management of antibiotic resistance, such as rational use of antibiotics/stewardship and infection prevention and control. The material is mainly aimed at health care workers and/or antibiotic providers.

To facilitate navigation, educational resources have been divided into three tables:

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Rational use/Stewardship
  • General

Selected Resources

Infection prevention and control

Resource Description
Patient Safety Curriculum Guide Multi-professional Edition A manual aimed at health care educators and students. It contains ready-to-teach, patient safety programmes that can be used as a whole or on a per topic basis. Topic 9 in part B: Infection Prevention and Control focuses on the prevention of health care associated infections (teaching slides can be found here). Available in Chinese, Czech, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish.
Infection Prevention and Control: A guide for health professionals in low-resource settings Free online e-book for training in infection prevention and control in resource-limited settings.
Clean Care is Safer Care: Tools for training and education Training material from WHO on hand hygiene, including:

  • Hand hygiene training Films
  • Slides for education sessions for trainers and health care workers
  • Hand hygiene technical reference manual to train health care workers
Partnering to Heal Computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for health professionals, students, and patient advocates. The focus is on effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a “culture of safety” in healthcare institutions to keep patients from getting sicker. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rational use/stewardship

Resource Description
Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach A self-paced, 8 hour course on OpenWHO. Uses case-based examples to highlight how antimicrobial stewardship principles can be applied to common clinical scenarios. Course divided into 14 modules: Module A-E covers foundational clinical knowledge necessary to use antimicrobials wisely, and module F-N how clinicians can incorporate this knowledge in their management of patients with common infection.
Understanding and Responding to Pharmaceutical Promotion: A Practical Guide WHO and HAI have developed this manual to assist teachers and health care professionals in teaching medical and pharmacy students about pharmaceutical promotion, and how to cope with pressure from the pharmaceutical industry.
Strengthening Pre-service Pharmacy Training on Rational Medicine Use and Antimicrobial Resistance This technical report describes the innovative design of the Rational Medicine Use and AMR theme within the Pharmacy Practice curriculum, illustrates the more engaged teaching-learning experience and provides concrete materials developed for this purpose.
Drug and Therapeutics Committee Training Course. Participant’s Guide – All Sessions Example training course for a Drug and Therapeutics Committee. Contains instructions and examples cases for discussions (but not answers). Covers for example medicine selection for the formulary, identification of medicine use problems, and the promotion of interventions to improve medicine use. WHO/MSH/USAIDS.
Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance A massive open online course (MOOC) on antimicrobial stewardship developed by the University of Dundee and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), UK. More info and course evaluation has been published.
Get Smart About Antibiotics: An Antibiotic Stewardship Curriculum for Medical Students This antibiotic stewardship curriculum was created for U.S. medical students by Wake Forest School of Medicine in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to increase understanding of antibiotic resistance and how to prevent and control it.
Clinical Antibiotic Stewardship for South Africa This course in Clinical Antibiotic Stewardship developed by the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme (SAASP) includes the principles of antibiotic prescribing and an approach to common clinical problems.


Resource Description
Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent Tsunami This open online course on antibiotic resistance developed by ReAct and Uppsala University gives an overview on how misuse of antibiotics worldwide have lead to the rapid emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and how to take action.


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