TEAM-COACH: a new project to train and build capacity in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control in children

30 Jan, 2023

A new project, Training and capacity building in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control in children through an interactive electronic tool and a European collaborative group – in short TEAM-COACH (GA 101079939)- has been awarded to the consortium coordinated by the Servicio Madrileño de Salud (SERMAS). The project launched between the 23rd and 24th of January 2023 in Madrid. Within the project, Penta will lead a work package on the e-learning tool.

TEAM-COACH is a three-year project funded by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency with the aim to create an innovative electronic tool for capacity building and improving practices in infection prevention and control (IPC) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in the paediatric population, including aspects not approached by existing tools. Training in both IPC and AMS, as well as specific training for preparing leaders (train-the-trainer approach), will be included in the project and delivered as flexible training for targeting the different profiles of healthcare workers, both in hospitals and primary care structures. 

Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs in the paediatric population. The burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been highlighted by the most relevant agencies and children are severely affected with those under five years representing 20% of AMR-related deaths in 2019. AMS is crucial for tackling AMR by optimizing antimicrobial use. IPC is the cornerstone against the spread of AMR. Through our innovative PentaTr@ining platform, Penta will set up and host an online knowledge hub to deliver courses including interactive slides and videos based on case studies. This will allow the team to build a strong community of practice focusing on IPC and AMS strategies and best practice among all those involved in the project.

TEAM-COACH is a consortium with experienced partners in Spain, Italy, and Greece, countries among the highest AMR rates in Europe namely; Fondazione Penta Onlus (Penta; Italy)Kentro Klinikis Epidimiologias Kaiekvasis Nosimaton (CLEO; Greece); Societa Servizi Telematici (SOSETE, Italy); Universita Degli Studi Di Padova (UNIPD; Italy); Servicio Andaluz De Salud (SAS, Spain). The highly experienced teams within the consortium will provide the know-how and technical support to create a thriving community of practice for all partner sites and collaborators.