ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

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Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine, contributing to the control of infectious diseases and saving countless lives.

But too much of a good thing has led to a global problem. The misuse of these drugs by health workers and patients has accelerated the pace of antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest threats to global health and development.

Patients and those working within the healthcare industry need to work together to contain this growing problem. For health professionals, this means being judicious when it comes to prescribing and dispensing antibiotics. For individuals, this means helping to prevent infection through a variety of measures (such as vaccinations and regular hand washing) while being responsible about the use of antibiotics. The repercussions of antibiotic resistance are wide-ranging— a decreased ability to treat infection and illnesses in people, animals and plants can lead to increased illness and death, increased cost and length of treatments, and increased side effects from the use of Read more

Hepatitis: A Global Threat

Medical case file with the hepatitis written on it

Last week the World Health Organisation commemorated the 400 million people around the world that are affected by viral hepatitis.

Every 28th of July World Hepatitis Day is celebrated to raise awareness and insight policy-makers to increase access to testing and treatment. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can serious debilitate quality of life if the virus progresses to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. There are 5 main types of viruses: A, B, C, D and E. The most life threatening are B and C as they are the most likely to develop into liver cirrhosis and cancer. Hepatitis B, C, and D are most likely contracted via parenteral contact with body fluids that have been infected. Hepatitis A Read more

Tobacco: A threat to development

No smoking

This week the World Health Organisation celebrated World No Tobacco Day. Each year the non-profit tackles this extremely real and truly global addiction.

2017’s theme is “Tobacco – a threat to development” and all efforts have revolved around measuring and inciting government measures as well as the general public to join forces and promote health and development of a smoke-free society. WHO explains that the campaign “will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.” The objective of the day is to propose new measures the communities can make to actively contribute to confronting the global tobacco crisis. Tobacco is a threat that doesn’t discriminate against race, age, gender Read more