Firstline has partnered with the WHO to deliver expert guidance to the global community, moving the needle in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
Globally, over 5 million deaths each year are associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR). To stop this pandemic, the world needs immediate action.
The WHO's AWaRe Antibiotic Book on Firstline provides new gold standard guidance that prescribers in every country should take today, to do their part in fighting AMR.
Given the ubiquity of mobile devices, especially in the global South, apps are by far the most powerful tool for distributing knowledge to the point of care. Firstline has partnered with the WHO to deliver a mobile-optimized version of the guidance to ensure equitable access for resource-limited nations.
Free of charge and available now, the AWaRe Antibiotic Book on Firstline is an historic opportunity to improve the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing, reduce AMR, and save millions of lives.
This confluence of world-class clinical guidance and technology is a watershed moment. It promises better outcomes for millions of patients, and to save healthcare systems vast sums of money.
Most countries’ National Action Plans on AMR include localized stewardship guidance based on the AWaRe classification. However, very few have implemented it – only 18 countries reported achieving it by 2022.
This must change quickly if vital antibiotics are to be preserved for future generations.
The AWaRe Antibiotic Book on Firstline can be used standalone in every country, or used to supplement existing stewardship resources. If adopted by prescribers around the world, this evidence-based guidance will reduce the over-prescription of broad-spectrum and unnecessary antibiotics. It will slow an intensifying pandemic that is more deadly than Malaria and HIV/AIDS.Use WHO Guidance on Firstline
Local resistance and utilization data is important and is sometimes offered as a reason to delay implementing stewardship initiatives. But it is not the only factor to localize for. Language, culture, epidemiology, diagnostics, formulary, and access are all factors that can enhance the applicability and value of guidance. Localizing guidance increases its relevance to local healthcare providers, and strengthens adoption by those making healthcare decisions.
Addressing this key challenge, Firstline’s technology accelerates the process of copying guidance from an original source and adapting for local factors. Customizations can be made at any level of granularity. Most importantly, any updates made at the source in the future will be propagated to all subscribers, while preserving local customizations.
Firstline and the WHO AWaRe Antibiotic Book together contain a superpower - localized stewardship guidance using AWaRe that can be easily, quickly, and inexpensively implemented in every country.
The combination will turn national action plans into action - in weeks, not years.
No matter your role in addressing AMR, Firstline wants to help you. The need is urgent; action should be taken fast and many barriers to distributing impactful local knowledge on AMR have been removed.Act now. Get in touch