Book of Abstracts: Antimicrobial Resistance in East Africa


Sub-Saharan African countries have recorded success reducing the burden of major infectious diseases like HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. However, this success is eminently threatened by the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) developed by the causative agents of these major infectious diseases. The increasingly high rates of AMR are threatening to reverse the success to the pre-antimicrobial era, where a trivial infection could cause death. This means that if that happened, there will be higher mortality rates than recovery rates from infectious diseases. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first report on AMR. It revealed that this serious threat was no longer simply a prediction of the future, but rather that AMR was happening now, all over the world.

East African Health Research Commission