Access to safe effective affordable medicines is one of the most important public health considerations in Ghana and in the African Region as a whole. However the majority of people in the region do not have regular access to good quality safe and affordable essential medicines. Available data suggest that there is increasing prevalence of resistance to antibiotics and a marked decrease in development of new antimicrobials with novel mechanism of action.
The annual reports of the pharmacy division of the MoH over the years depict high level of use of antibiotics at the Out Patient Department (OPD) at the hospitals. The pharmaceutical sector strategic plan (2012 – 2014) seeks to address this phenomenon by developing a comprehensive National Anti-biotic Use and Resistance Surveillance policy that will ameliorate the situation. [Download full concept note for Ghana]
The purpose of this concept note is to address the issues of antibiotic resistance through training and capacity building of health professionals, non-governmental organizations, academic and scientific institutions, professional associations, the private sector, and the media to tackle this problem head-on through the development of a national antibiotic policy and to strengthen partnerships with major stakeholders to create awareness and mitigate the effect of antibiotic resistance. Key activities to be undertaken include the following:
The office of the Director of Pharmaceutical Services will host the project with the support of a recruited project coordinator who will be seconded from the Ministry of Health to handle the day-to-day implementation of the project.