There is a global need to have access to expertise to find sustainable solutions for infectious disease (ID) care: from infection prevention, to infectious diseases management, to microbiology laboratory, and to antimicrobial stewardship. For this purpose Radboudumc collaborated with the PUM program in the area of antimicrobial resistance, which was evaluated as effective, relevant and valuable to the local and international market, confirming PUM’s added value for the development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
In collaboration with PUM and recognizing the overall insufficient infectious disease care in resource-limited settings, Radboudumc is expanding this work for providing similar services for ensuring standardized and integrated infectious disease (ID) care in LMICs.
Purpose and scope
The Specialized Program for Infectious Disease Care Everywhere (SPICE) is an expert registry for providing expert consultancy and support matched to the need of healthcare sector in LMICs to ensure standardized and integrated infectious diseases (ID) care.
The SPICE expert registry consists of experts with diverse medical specialties pertinent to infectious diseases who are knowledgeable, skilled and willing to share their expertise and experience with peers from resource-limited settings in LMICs, through providing mentorship, technical advice and skill-transfer through online coaching and onsite visits to relevant counterparts that require such expertise.
The Radboudumc SPICE program is governed by a Steering Committee overseeing the work of the Operations’ Office, in charge of performing day-to-day functions of SPICE. The SPICE Steering committee is advised on strategic and technical matters by an Advisory Board comprising distinguished members of the professional and policy community in the area.
- Steering Committee members – NAMES
- Advisory Board members - NAMES
To ensure strong ties and smooth collaboration with partners, SPICE signs Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) defining the scope and purpose of mutually beneficial activities directed at improving ID care worldwide.
SPICE Operations Office
The Operations Office is in-charge of day-to-day operations, including:
- Development and maintenance of an expert registry database, registration and matchmaking system;
- Organizing orientation and training of experts for SPICE services standardization;
- Matching experts with relevant counterparts;
- Execution of SPICE Steering Committee’s strategic directions and decisions.