The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health led a study that concludes that children in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are receiving an excessive amount of antibiotic prescriptions that could harm their ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide.
According to this Swiss-led report, children in these countries are receiving 25 antibiotic prescriptions by the time they are age five. Given that two antibiotic prescriptions per year are considered excessive in many high-income nations, these findings are shocking. The study results were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases publication.
Gunther Fink, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel Switzerland
Valerie D. Acremont, PhD, Public Health Institute, Basel Switzerland
Hannah H. Leslie, PhD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Jessica Cohen, PhD, Harvard TH Chan School of Public HealthSource: The Lancet