The Scourge Of Antimicrobial Resistance(AMR) In Rural Africa

  29 January 2021

Almost the entire of rural Africa falls with the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) bracket. It then follows that this demographic is subject to economic and public health disparities that continue to bedevil marginalized economies. Not least is the scourge of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), whose exact extend remains mostly approximate, thus necessitating a robust investment in AMR Surveillance systems and other interventions that can inform on the same. 

And the Covid19 pandemic has made things worse, with the gains made in fostering public health access in rural areas of Africa at grave risk. The Economic Commission for Africa(ECA) report on the Covid19 pandemic estimates that close to 27 million Africans, mostly from rural Africa, will be pushed into abject poverty(UNECA, 2020). This simply means that the same people are going to be at risk from public health threats, including AMR. 

 

Further reading: SAS Africa
Author(s): Learnmore Edwin Zvada
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