Detecting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and promoting rational antimicrobial use (AMU) are crucial in the fight against infectious diseases. Without these two factors we will quickly loose the possibility to treat infections in the coming decades. Creating a global pool of national and international leaders that are willing and capable to act as champions in this struggle is a crucial step in the battle against AMR.

In December 2019 Linda Oskam provided a 2½ day course in Tanzania to help (future) leaders with the development of their management and leadership competencies and also taught them how to create and improve quality assured processes. The course was provided in collaboration with the Uganda Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and targeted six Fleming Fund Fellows and three young scientists who will serve as (future) Tanzanian leaders in the fight against AMR. The course was highly appreciated by the participants and received an average score of 9.6/10.

The course was provided for the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), which is the lead of a consortium with Africa CDC, University of Amsterdam, African Field Epidemiology Network, Utrecht University, Noguchi Medical Research Center, IDI and DATOS. It is funded by the Fleming Fund, a UK Aid programme that seeks to help low- and middle-income countries to improve AMR surveillance.

After the course, the six Fleming Fellows continued to work on their joint country Fleming Fund Fellowship plan assisted by IDI. During the development of this plan they could immediately start implementing their newly acquired skills.