WHO: Lack of new antibiotics threatens global efforts to contain drug-resistant infections (5) How to improve prescribing of antibiotics in LMICs (2)

20 January, 2020

Dear all

Use of antibiotics is not controlled in most sub-Saharan Countries. You can walk into what is called a Pharmacy and often not managed by a qualified person and buy whatever antibiotic you can. In border areas like between Zambia and DR Congo peddlers actually chase after unsuspecting and gullible persons who happily buy whatever is thrown at them. Going forward we should learn from countries like South Africa and Namibia.

Kind regards

HIFA profile: Dr. Mulenga is Zambian Pharmacist with over 24 years work experience in 4 different sub-Saharan Countries. He is a strong believer in UHC and Health Information for All. He hosts a radio show on Patient safety which is very well received in the communities. Piloted the first ART in Namibia 2001.Have worked in the Management Sciences for Health, Namibia and the UNDP/GFTAM South Sudan. He posses a Dual MPH/Ph.D Pharmacovigilance, USA and a B.Pharm, USDM. Email: lwansa AT yahoo.com He is a HIFA Country Representative http://www.hifa.org/support/members/mulenga