Spotlight 02/07/2018 | $2 million grant has been received by a research team looking at new strategies to improve antibiotic dispensing in Indonesia

The Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security have granted $2 million to a research team made up of academics from Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as university partners in Indonesia, allowing further research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Indonesia to take place.

This mixed methods study will focus heavily on providing timely evidence on the current scale, operations and motivations of private for-profit drug sellers (PDS) in 4 districts of Indonesia with the intention of designing and evaluating an intervention suitable for scale-up under the national antimicrobial stewardship programme.

Outputs from the study will include baseline analysis of the prevalence and cost of antibiotic prescribing without prescription by PDS, a multi-faceted intervention to reduce sales of unprescribed antibiotics by PDS that has been extensively field-tested, and a greater capacity in health systems research methodologies and evidence-based strategies for improving PDS regulation and public-private collaboration.

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By James Cross, Student Representative for the AMR Centre