After 23 months of Fleming Fund support, the first country grant in Uganda comes to an end this month. The grant has helped develop an AMR…
The Country Grants constitute the largest funding envelope across the programme and are focused on building laboratory capacity and establishing surveillance systems within the 24 priority countries.
Typical first round country grants are allocated for a period of 12-24 months and funding envelopes differ per country based upon the needs and assessed priorities. In some countries, two rounds of grants will be given. Each RFP differs based on country needs and priorities, as identified in the National Action Plan for AMR but there are five core funding areas:
- Laboratory Infrastructure Enhancement: building renovation, microbiology equipment purchase, biosafety and security equipment, reagents, durables and consumables and transport and logistics for goods and specimens.
- Human Resource Strengthening: training in AMR laboratory techniques, biomedical data management, bio data safety and biosecurity for fellows and country grant beneficiaries.
- Surveillance System Strengthening: support for AMRCCs, cross-sectoral meetings, strategy reviews, quality assurance control and data analysis and storage.
- Building Foundations for Surveillance Data Use: support for awareness raising, publications, evidence-based strategy, data sharing platforms, etc.
- Rational use of Antimicrobial Medicines: Development of AMU or AMC surveillance strategies and stewardship programmes.
A typical country grant will seek to support 4-10 human health surveillance sites (1 National Reference Laboratory and clinical laboratories) and 1-3 animal health laboratories (1 National Reference Laboratory and 1-2 regional sites).
In animal health, grants often start in poultry, with additional objectives of surveillance of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial consumption. In human health, clinical microbiology laboratory capacity for blood cultures is developed at key sentinel sites, with a focus on WHO GLASS priority pathogens, taking a passive surveillance approach.
Grant Making Process
The Management Agent, Mott MacDonald undertakes the following grant making process:
By 2022, the Fleming Fund will have helped 24 low- and middle-income countries to build sustainable national surveillance systems to tackle AMR. The increase in data, shared nationally and globally, will form the basis of changes in policy and practice leading to more optimal use of antimicrobial medicines.
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