Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance: Broader Implications for Humanity

Since 2015, MSF has been working on antibiotic resistance in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in West Bengal, India. As part of the project, a baseline audit of prescribing practices of district hospital doctors as well as health promotion activities for the local community were conducted along with medical consultations. Dr. Sakib Burza, Medical Advisor, MSF Asia explains the different drivers of antibiotic resistance and what can be done to address this hidden public health challenge.

Antibiotic Resistance: Drug-resistant infections are a looming challenge around the world

Since 2015, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working on antibiotic resistance in collaboration with the health authorities in West Bengal, India. As the world discusses this growing challenge during the Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 12 to 18), the medical humanitarian organisation shares some of its findings on the reasons behind this phenomenon and how this challenge can be addressed.

Submitted by admin on November 13, 2017

MSF observes World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will observe World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from November 13th - 17th in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Asansol District Hospital in West Bengal.

Addressing antibiotic resistance and respiratory tract infections in West Bengal

Antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections; they are not recommended for viral infections. Antibiotics are rarely needed to treat upper respiratory tract infections and generally should be avoided unless a doctor suspects it as a bacterial infection. Thus an inability to correctly diagnose respiratory tract infections can lead to the irrational prescription of antibiotics, thereby fuelling the spread of antibiotic resistance – a pressing global health concern.