The UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care has established the Fleming Fund to respond to the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The aim of the Fleming Fund is to address critical gaps in surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which are set to bear the highest burden of antibiotic-resistant infections.
The Fleming Fund Grants Programme provides financial support to strengthen capacity gaps identified in the National Action Plans of the participating countries. Support is provided via three funding channels, over a five-year period from 2017 to 2021:
- Country Grants – to support the implementation of national action plans for AMR
- Fleming Fellowship Scheme – AMR Laboratory, AMR Surveillance and Antimicrobial Usage/Consumption
- Regional Grants – supporting regional approaches to data sharing, use and response to AMR
Bhutan is being selected as one of the countries in Asia to receive the First Fleming Fund Country Grant. This first Fleming Fund Country Grant for Bhutan will provide financial support to strengthen capacity gaps identified in the National Action Plans and focus on putting in place the foundations for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance in the human and animal health sectors.
In addition to the country grant, the Fleming Fund also funds Fleming Fellowship Scheme to provide continuing professional development and leadership training opportunities for relevant fellows. Seven Fleming Fellowships will be provided to Bhutan out of which three are for the animal health.
Three Fleming Fellowships for the animal health are in the following areas:
- AMR Surveillance Fellowship
- AMR Laboratory Fellowship
- AMC/U (Antimicrobial consumption and use) Fellowship
The Fellowships are intended to start in November 2018 and be 18 months in duration, ending in May 2020. The recipient of the fellowships should note that the Fleming Fellowships provide customised professional development and do not fund the award of a formal degree or a diploma from the Host Institution.
The interested applicant should carefully go through the following document and may apply if fulfilling the requirement (Details of fellowship can be obtained from the link provided below).
- General description of the Fleming Fellowship Scheme
- Terms of Reference (TORs) for Fleming Fellowship Opportunities
- Application form
- Referee form for the Fleming Fellowships.
The Department of Livestock would appreciate if the eligible applicant could submit the completed application to Dr. Vikas Agarwal, Regional Coordinator- South Asia, Fleming Fund Management Agent by email: Vikas.Aggarwal@mottmac.com no later than 15 August 2018.
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