• 03.01.2020
  • Meldung

Excessive Rates of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Children in LMIC receive on average 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age five.
Bild: Photo: Danielle Powell/Swiss TPH
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Children in LMIC receive on average 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age five.
Children in LMIC receive on average 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age five. (Bild: Photo: Danielle Powell/Swiss TPH)

Between 2007 and 2017, children in eight low- and middle-income countries received, on average, 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age five - up to five times higher than the already high levels observed in high-income settings.

The results were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases by Swiss TPH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Many of the prescriptions are unnecessary and might exacerbate resistance. The number of antibiotic prescriptions for young children ranged from one per year for children in Senegal to 12 per year for children in Uganda.

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