The regional grants programme supports improvements to the availability, quality, sharing and use of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data in West Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.
Regional Grants can be used to fund improvements to:
- regional quality assurance networks
- data and information sharing platforms
- initiatives to enhance the quality and use of surveillance data
- regional training efforts, for example in use and interpretation of genome data for AMR
- regional capacity to undertake advanced testing of pathogens, for example whole genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis
First round of Regional Grants
The first round of regional grants supports collection of historical AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU) data in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). At present, there are too few datasets to support evidence-based policy and treatment to improve use of antimicrobials in these countries.
It will take time, and investment, to develop the surveillance systems necessary to obtain prospective data. In most countries there are institutions (academic, research, public and private health facilities) which have been collecting data on AMR for many years. However, these data have not been published or made available for national or international surveillance purposes, because it is usually hard copy data, inaccessible for use in large scale analytics. Supporting institutions to collect and, where necessary, digitise these data can help establish baselines for AMR across a wide range of pathogen/drug combinations and provide early evidence to inform policy making.
The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) has been awarded as the lead grantee for West Africa and East and Southern Africa for regional grant round one. The consortium is known as the Mapping Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Partnership (MAAP).
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) has been awarded as the lead grantee for South Asia and South East Asia. The consortium is known as Capturing Data on Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns and Trends in Use in Regions of Asia (CAPTURA).
Second round of Regional Grants
Round two of regional grants aims to support investments made at the country level through a regional approach. Eight regional grants are being offered, focusing on building capacity and regional infrastructure and planning, quality diagnostics, and policy and advocacy.
Improving the Quality of Bacteriological diagnostics for AMR - Africa
This is led by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine in partnership with Public Health England and others. This grant helps improve quality assurance of laboratory testing in Africa. Quality assurance is commonly acknowledged best practice and underpins confidence in the results of a laboratory.
Common Protocols for Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation – Africa and Asia
This grant is led by Ending Pandemics and will focus on standardising the collection and analysis of data by developing common protocols. For data to be comparable, it must be collected in the same way.
Microbiology and Epidemiology capacity building – Africa and Asia
This grant is led by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, in conjunction with the American Society for Microbiology and others. It will strengthen human resources and build capacity for laboratory surveillance for AMR, as well as AMR workforce strengthening for AMR epidemiology and surveillance.
AMR Planning, Policy and Advocacy – Africa and Asia
This is led by the International Vaccine Institute to help improve data sharing for global AMR planning and advocacy. Policy makers need robust evidence and data to make good recommendations.
Whole Genome Sequencing - Africa
This is led by the National Food Institute, Technical University Denmark to help three laboratories in Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania install equipment that can analyse the genomes of bacteria using whole genome sequencing. The institute is also helping train staff in how to interpret the analytical results, to generate solid data on the type and prevalence of AMR in Sub-Saharan Africa
Prospective grantees should respond to a call for expressions of interest. This will be publicised through the local press, on social media, and via the Fleming Fund website. Those organisations that are successfully reviewed at the EOI stage will then be asked to develop a full proposal and submit a regional grants application.
Potential grantees that have been invited to develop a full proposal, will submit these to Mott MacDonald before the stated deadline.
Applications should be submitted in full before the stated deadline. No proposals will be considered following the deadline.
Applications will be reviewed and results communicated to applicants in due course.