Antimicrobial Stewardship: Ensuring the Continued Effectiveness of Medicines through Appropriate Use


The rapid rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has increased global momentum to establish antimicrobial stewardship programs in health facilities, clinics, and hospitals. The overuse or misuse of antimicrobial medicines is a key driver of AMR and a growing global health problem. Antimicrobial stewardship programs can address inappropriate use of antimicrobials and help slow the spread of AMR through systems-level approaches supported by policies, structures, and interventions.

This technial brief is part of a series describing the technical approaches and tools used to implement The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program work in pharmaceutical systems, pharmaceutical services, and supply chain management.