Rising antibiotic-resistant infections prompt global study with SA hospitals

23 November 2022



23 November 2022

As experts sound the alarm over rising antibiotic resistance, which, according to The Lancet, was directly responsible for 1.3m deaths in 2019, the Medical Research Council is to launch the local leg of a global study in five hospitals to assess the situation in South Africa, reports Medical Brief.

The group of global scientists involved in The Lancet study said that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are multiplying at recurring mass gathering events, and annual deaths from antimicrobial resistance are expected to rise to 10m by 2050.

In South Africa, the non-profit Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have launched an observational study will collect and analyse data in 150 patients being treated for infections caused by carbapenem-resistant organisms across five institutions in South Africa.


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