Project Activities
April 1, 2020

Alcohol-Based Hand Rub

Prior to the global pandemic, discussions with the World Health Organization Papua New Guinea Country Office and Port Moresby General Hospital identified the need to establish local production of alcohol-based hand rub to support the Infection Prevention and Control procedures at the hospital. The need for localised production of alcohol-based hand rub was accelerated by the threat of COVID-19. As a result, this activity commenced ahead of the timeline anticipated.

COMBAT-AMR has provided support with the procurement of reagents, equipment and expert advice on the set-up and production of a World Health Organization approved, alcohol-based hand rub. The Port Moresby General Hospital will receive country support in Papua New Guinea from COMBAT-AMR project implementing partner, the Burnet Institute.

Work site of alcohol-based hand rub production facility at Port Moresby General Hospital.

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Our Work

COMBAT-AMR will deliver a program of work during 2019 – 2022 at major national sites, including referral hospitals and laboratories, across four key themes.

Infection Prevention and Control

COMBAT-AMR will improve Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) by establishing best practice policies, procedures and systems for monitoring selected healthcare associated infections through training and mentoring.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship

COMBAT-AMR will provide training and mentorship to build capacity for improved measurement and ongoing monitoring of the appropriateness of antibiotic use, as well as the capability to manage antimicrobial stewardship and respond to emerging issues.

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Laboratory Capacity and Surveillance

COMBAT-AMR will improve capacity for laboratory surveillance of AMR through training and mentoring activities to detect AMR in an accurate and timely manner, to undertake surveillance of WHO AMR priority pathogens, and to establish efficient referral pathways for AMR pathogens.

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Animal Health‍

COMBAT-AMR will help mitigate the threat of antimicrobial resistance arising using a One Health approach, by assessing current practices, policies, procedures and systems for monitoring and controlling antimicrobial resistance in animal health and developing approaches to address needs through training and mentoring.

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