DRUM/ARCS Evidence-Informed Policymaking (EIPM) Training
Event Date: 23 - 26 Nov 2020
Event Location: Salima, Malawi

AFIDEP through the Drivers of Resistance in Uganda and Malawi (DRUM) Consortium and the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS) programme will be conducting four-day evidence-informed policymaking (EIPM) training for policymakers in Malawi. In this training, facilitators will be taking policymakers through basic knowledge of EIPM and the policymaking process, how to access, appraise, synthesise and apply evidence.

The training hopes to equip officers, in the various ministries working under the one health approach to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and sepsis prevention, with skills in evidence use and recommending solutions to problems they encounter in their work.

The African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS) is a collaborative programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the Global Health Research Programme. ARCS aims to improve the survival and quality of life of sepsis patients using relevant innovations at the individual and health system level, through multidisciplinary applied health research.

The DRUM Consortium seeks to address how human behaviour and antibacterial usage in urban and rural Africa leads to the transmission of AMR amongst E. coli and K. pneumoniae in humans, animals and the environment and influences the clinical impact of drug-resistant bloodstream infection (DR-BSI) in humans. DRUM seeks to develop agent-based models that will enable the prediction of how these transmission pathways can be interrupted. DRUM’s vision is to establish Ugandan and Malawian sites as sustainable model settings for interdisciplinary study and mitigation of AMR by embedding a One Health strategy at the heart of a consortium that will generate outputs applicable to similar communities throughout East and Southern Africa and beyond.

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