James Akena / Reuters
A global trend to regulate frequent antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production is emerging but Africa is still lagging behind.
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An x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis).
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
A pair of lungs infected with TB.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.
A father reads to his son while sitting under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes have undergone evolutionary changes due to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
Georgina Goodwin and Vestergaard Frandsen
Although there have been global efforts to eliminate parasites, some parasites and vectors will have survived attack because they have evolved resistance.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance.
More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
A pharmacist dispensing drugs at Nairobi’s Mater Hospital. Resistance to antibiotics is high in Africa.
Antibiotics are used extensively in Africa because of the continent's high disease burden. This also means that resistance is high. Steps are being taken to raise awareness and encourage prudent use.
A doctor observes mosquitoes to better understand the malaria parasite which has been developing a resistance to the anti-malarial drugs.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
If patients contract drug resistant HIV, they may have to be prescribed more expensive drugs.
Novel research in South Africa has found way to test for HIV drug resistance in a cheap and accessible way.
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