Without urgent action, simple cuts and common diseases could once again become deadly, since there won’t be effective medicines to treat them. MSF’s approach to fighting antibiotic resistance (ABR) is based on three focus areas.
Prevention: Improving infection prevention and control (IPC) standards in health facilities by implementing proper hygiene policies and procedures.
Diagnostics: Expanding access to microbiology laboratories that can accurately diagnose bacterial infections and support surveillance.
Antibiotic stewardship: Training doctors to ensure that antibiotics are not overprescribed or inappropriately prescribed and teaching pharmacists to supervise access to them. We’re also advocating for policy changes to help combat ABR.