Research activities to improve the utilization of antibiotics in Africa

Massele, Amos and Tiroyakgosi, Celda and Matome, Matshediso and Desta, Abayneh and Muller, Arno and Paramadhas, Bene D. Anand and Malone, Brighid and Kurusa, Gobuiwang and Didimalang, Thatayaone and Moyo, Mosana and Godman, Brian (2017) Research activities to improve the utilization of antibiotics in Africa. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 17 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 1473-7167

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    Abstract

    There is a need to improve the rational use of antibiotics across continents including Africa. This has resulted in initiatives in Botswana including treatment guidelines and the instigation of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (ASPs). The next steps involve a greater understanding of current antibiotic utilization and resistance patterns (AMR). This resulted in a 2-day meeting involving key stakeholders principally from Botswana to discuss key issues including AMR rates as well as ASPs in both the public and private sectors. Following this, the findings will be used to plan future studies across Africa including point prevalence studies. The findings will be presented in July 2016 at the next Medicines Utilization Research in Africa meeting will ideally serve as a basis for planning future pertinent interventional studies to enhance the rational use of antibiotics in Botswana and wider.