Automation and behaviour change: important solutions to AMR problems in LMICs
In this seminar Dr Direk Limmathurotsakul, Head of Microbiology at Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Mahidol University, explores automation and behaviour change solutions to the problems surrounding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
In 2020, MORU developed an open-access, offline, and easy-to-use application, the ‘AutoMated tool for Antimicrobial resistance Surveillance System’ (AMASS), which allows hospitals in LMICs to generate and share AMR surveillance reports needed for public health interventions. They piloted AMASS in several hospitals in Southeast Asia those including: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
MORU also evaluated the barriers to blood culture (BC) sampling from 1900 to 2020 globally and in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. They identified the need for multifaceted interventions at both hospital and policy levels to improve diagnostic and antibiotic stewardship practices.
Dr Direk Limmathurotsakul, Assistant Professor at University of Oxford and Head of MORU, Mahidol University
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