In delivering global healthcare, and in the context of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) where information and knowledge is rapidly evolving, it is universally accepted that education and training of the healthcare workforce underpins the implementation of AMS and the effective use of existing and new health care technologies, therapies and informatics. Despite this, resourcing healthcare workforce education and training is often seen as a low priority, particularly in the resource-limited settings where the burden of AMR is greatest and healthcare resources are the most stretched. Therefore, it is disappointing to observe that, when funding the multi-dimensional AMR and AMS response, specific funding earmarked to support the development and implementation of both traditional and, increasingly, innovative education (particularly in the form of digital learning) is insufficient or lacking. In this article, I propose several novel strategies for addressing this deficit and to steer us to learn from the significant developments and support for education during the COVID-19 pandemic. If we do not invest in both traditional and innovative forms of education, our ability to create a well-trained healthcare workforce to deliver high-quality care and treatment, with better patient outcomes against AMR, will evaporate-and we will likely pay a far higher price as a consequence.
- coronavirus pandemic