“Antimicrobial Stewardship and Rapid Diagnostic Testing in Low-Resource Settings”

“The availability of diagnostic testing—particularly in regions of the world with high rates of infectious disease and weak healthcare systems—is a critical but often overlooked aspect of global efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Accurate and timely diagnosis provides the means to determine appropriate antimicrobial therapy, control further spread of infectious disease, and monitor the emergence of drug-resistance through population-based surveillance programs. Recent advances in the development of novel rapid diagnostic methodologies suggest the potential to enhance the effective treatment and control of a broad range of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections that make up the global burden of infectious disease.

The complexity and cost of many of the novel, rapid diagnostic approaches, however, effectively limit their use to high-income countries and centralized reference laboratories.”

Source: CIDRAP

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