Human resources estimates and funding for antibiotic stewardship teams are urgently needed

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Standards for staffing antibiotic stewardship teams and associated funding estimates have been developed in only a handful of countries, all high-income, and only for hospitals. 

In an Expert Commentary in Clinical Microbiology & Infection, CDDEP Director Ramanan Laxminarayan and colleagues make the case that these standards are required to support global estimates of the resource needs for stewardship efforts.  They also point to a need to broaden stewardship to the community and nursing facilities, where most antibiotics are prescribed. The authors call for international staffing standards and a sustainable source of funding for antimicrobial stewardship teams.