Antimicrobial resistance among children in sub-Saharan Africa

by Phoebe C M Williams, David Isaacs, James A Berkley
Lancet Infect Dis 2017, Published Online October 9, 2017

12 pp. 515 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/laninf/PIIS1473-3099(17)30467-X.pdf

Antimicrobial resistance is an important threat to international health. Therapeutic guidelines for empirical treatment of common life-threatening infections depend on available information regarding microbial aetiology and antimicrobial susceptibility, but sub-Saharan Africa lacks diagnostic capacity and antimicrobial resistance surveillance. The authors systematically reviewed studies of antimicrobial resistance among children in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005. There are few up-to-date or representative studies given the magnitude of the problem of antimicrobial resistance, especially regarding community-acquired infections. Research should focus on differentiating resistance in community-acquired versus hospital-acquired infections, implementation of standardised reporting systems, and pragmatic clinical trials to assess the efficacy of alternative treatment regimens.

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