The role of Environmental Health in preventing antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries

  21 October 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly becoming a threat to global public health, not least in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where it is contributing to longer treatment for illnesses, use of higher generation drugs, more expenditure on antimicrobials, and increased deaths attributed to what should be treatable diseases. Some of the known causes of AMR include misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in both humans and animals, unnecessary use of antimicrobials in animals as growth promoters, and lack of awareness among the public on how to protect antimicrobials. As a result, resistant organisms are circulating in the wider environment, and there is a need to consider the One Health approach to minimise the continuing development of AMR. 

Author(s): David Musoke, Carol Namata, Grace Biyinzika Lubega, Filimin Niyongabo, Joviah Gonza, Kondwani Chidziwisano, Sarah Nalinya, Rebecca Nuwematsiko & Tracy Morse
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