Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is an important strategy to control antimicrobial resistance. Resources are available to provide guidance for design and implementation of AMS programmes, however, these may have limited applicability in resource-limited settings including those in Asia.
Context-specific matters for Health Care Facility (HCF)-level AMS implementation are not yet captured in the current HCF tools. Understanding implementation needs and practices within the Asian context and being able to monitor progress over time are key to assisting local healthcare facilities with improving antimicrobial use.
A context-specific assessment tool that is practical and responsive to the local conditions is needed to support institutions to start and maintain AMS programmes in Asia. This assessment tool will be complementary to the WHO tools on the national and HCF level to provide support for hospitals in assessing their AMS status and improving the programme implementation.