Antimicrobials Overview

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Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause infection or disease in patients. Antimicrobials are used to prevent growth of or kill microorganisms. By the end of this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe classification of microorganisms
  • Explain how antimicrobials work and their mode of action
  • Summarise which microorganisms antimicrobials target


This CPD course was co-created by the Commonwealth Partnerships on Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) teams based in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zambia

This CPD course was developed as an outcome of the CwPAMS project, supported by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association using Official Development Assistance funding, through the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund (FF). The views expressed in this course are those of the authors and contributors and not necessarily those of the NHS, FF or THET. More information about CwPAMS is available here