NOAH has been shortlisted organisations for the 4th international Antibiotic Guardian awards, for its Animal Medicines Best Practice Training Programme (AMBP). The awards, hosted by Public Health England, recognise achievements to combat antimicrobial resistance across the world and will take place on June 27th in Birmingham.
NOAH’s AMBP programme, launched in July 2018, provides farmer training to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms. It gives farmers and vets access to new resources, enabling a coordinated and consistent approach.
NOAH led the programme development, working in partnership with stakeholders from across the industry including farmers, vets, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and leading academics, to create robust and trusted training for all those working in the sheep, dairy, beef and pig sectors.
Training modules are available for farmers to access directly through an online Lantra eLearning platform. Vets are also able to access a resource centre through the platform, providing materials to enable them to deliver training to their clients. The materials satisfy both supply chain and farm assurance requirements, such as Red Tractor recommendations.
NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted, alongside the other excellent projects in the Animal health, Agricultural and Food Supply section of these awards. Such a strong group of activities up for this award demonstrates the commitment of the UK food supply chain to playing their part in the tackling the threat of antibiotic resistance.”
Antibiotic resistance is a global health threat that we all have a role in tackling. To meet this challenge, the Antibiotic Guardian campaign urges healthcare professionals to take one of a number of pledges to drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. The Awards have recognised a host of health professionals from the fields of human health, animal health, and the food supply chain as well as members of the public, highlighting the collaboration and engagement from the various sectors.
Speaking about the Awards, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead for the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said:“The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity to champion organisations and individuals who have supported the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and have enacted change to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face.
“It has been great to see a multipronged and multidisciplinary approach including infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance as well as public and professional education and engagement efforts all of which are available to view on the shared-learning platform on Antibiotic Guardian website.”