Pfizer launches free online course on antimicrobial resistance for nurses

Published: Publication date – 16:48, Mon – 13 Jun 22

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Hyderabad: Pfizer India on Monday announced the launch of “Open-AMR”, a free online platform to educate nurses on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in English and other regional languages ​​including Telugu.

The Open-AMR initiative is a web-based platform freely accessible to any nurse anywhere in India in seven different languages ​​including English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi. Americares India Foundation, a health-focused relief and development organization, joined as an implementing partner.

Courses will focus on infection prevention and control (IPC) practices and antimicrobial stewardship practices (AMSP) in the context of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Dr Atul Goel, Directorate General of Health Services, said, “AMR is a growing public health problem, and the Government of India has taken notice of it by implementing National AMR Action Plans.” Sharad Goswami, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Limited, said nurses can play a vital role in ensuring that proper antimicrobial stewardship and infection control measures are practiced in hospitals.

Shripad Desai, MD and Country Director, Americares India Foundation, said nurses, if given the right kind of training, can become powerful advocates and enforcers of antimicrobial stewardship practices to help slow the spread of AMR.