The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund is a dedicated annual fund supporting prosperity work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to support the conditions for global and UK growth: openness, sustainability, opportunity, and reputation.

Led by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and leading physicians in India the project 'Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Indian Hospitals in support of the PM’s Global Campaign against AMR will help implement in India the UK Government’s International Strategy on tackling AMR'. The project will work with a range of public and private hospitals to define and make recommendations for an educational training framework that is expected to support development and implementation of interventions that will improve effective prescribing, and reduce antibiotic resistance rates across India.

Speaking about the project Dr Himangi Bhardwaj, Senior Health Adviser, British High Commission said, "intervention in combating AMR by the World Health Organisation and is the top recommendation of the Chennai Declaration against AMR published in 2012 in India.” 

She continued, “we expect this project to deliver a much needed blueprint for the development and implementation of a national framework for locally relevant training that will support existing or new stewardship activity within Indian hospital settings. Such training is needed in what is a diverse and challenging landscape.”

Professor Dilip Nathwani, OBE, President of BSAC responded by saying: "Our Society is both delighted and feels privileged to be working with leaders across India to deliver this, the first health related project, under the UK FCO’s Prosperity Fund, in India. The project builds on the work we are already doing in India and the Gulf Region to share expertise and facilitate training in antimicrobial stewardship. It offers a real opportunity to demonstrate what collaborative, innovative working can achieve in a short space of time.”

The project, which commenced in October 2015, will deliver its results and reports to the British High Commission in March 2016.