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MAP International | November 16, 2017

Antibiotics - The Difference Between Life & Death

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Did you know this week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week?

Antibiotics are so integrated into most of our lives that we barely think about them. Cut your finger and apply an antibiotic ointment. Have strep throat? The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Even if you’re taking a trip overseas, many physicians will give you a bottle of antibiotics just in case you contract traveler’s diarrhea.

Those of us in the developed world have become very attached to these life-changing medicines in the last hundred years since they have been available. Before that, a simple cut or strep throat could be life-threatening.

Sadly, for millions in resource-poor countries, that’s still the case. Without antibiotics, women and their babies too often die in childbirth. Children who scrape their knee can lose their leg when infection sets in.

Health care workers in the developing world are in constant need of antibiotics to treat a variety of conditions that quickly become life-threatening. That’s why MAP works so hard to provide a variety of antibiotics to doctors, nurses and others working in some of the poorest places in the world.

The power of antibiotics was on full display for one doctor on a recent medical mission trip in Thailand. He shared a recent experience:

AntibioticsBlogPhoto.jpgA little boy, lifeless with a high fever was brought to the clinic by his mother. On previous trips to Thailand, we did not have antibiotic suspensions to dispense; thankfully not so this time. We had in our MAP Medical Mission Pack just what this little fellow needed for his ear infection, Amoxil suspension ready to be reconstituted. We also had infant Ibuprofen which took care of his fever in no time.

Simply put, antibiotics changed the trajectory of this boy’s illness and its outcome. 

Celebrate World Antibiotic Awareness Week by giving a gift of antibiotics to someone in need. 

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