To inspire Manitoban healthcare providers to be antimicrobial stewardship champions within their community and to participate in a growing community of practice promoting use of effective antimicrobial stewardship tools and resources.
The Manitoba AMR Alliance is a growing initiative to slow the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which was sparked by Dr. Terry Wuerz, a Winnipeg-based physician and member of the Health Sciences faculty at the University of Manitoba. The work is informed and supported by a growing leadership base that includes members of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and students with the Infectious Disease Interest Group (iDIG) at the College of Medicine.
The initiative centres on a personal, pledge-based appeal to prescribe responsibly, directed to Manitoba prescribers and healthcare professionals. The Alliance, launched in 2022, is promoted in an annual campaign that coincides with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (Nov. 18-24).
The AMR Alliance is the first province-wide AMR campaign in Manitoba, though it builds on past initiatives and a brain trust of many champions for antimicrobial stewardship working in different regions and healthcare organizations throughout Manitoba. Its success will rely on broad engagement of the many local champions, particularly those in healthcare leadership roles.
Campaign activities and this website are supported by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID) [link to our site], hosted by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. The NCCID has a mandate for knowledge translation in infectious disease public health, with long-term involvement in education on AMR and antimicrobial stewardship.
Prescribers and practitioners are invited to take a stewardship pledge, with an opportunity to opt-in to our news bulletins, alerting you to newly posted antimicrobial stewardship tools and resources or upcoming events of interest.