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life-changing medicines | November 12, 2018

Curbing Antibiotic Resistance While Ensuring Access for All

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Good stewardship goes beyond just using donor gifts wisely today.

MAP views stewardship as multi-generational. As a critical source for medicines such as antibiotics in the poorest communities on earth, it is imperative that we safeguard the effectiveness of these life-changing medicines for future generations.

Antibiotic-Awareness-Week-784x441This week we are recognizing World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

This observance takes place every November to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, prescribers, and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing and dangerous global threat. To help curb this threat, MAP only sends medicines requested by local clinics and hospitals thus ensuring supplies are not overused.

This is important because there are still many parts of the world that do not have access to antibiotics. And, front-line antibiotics like amoxicillin can continue to be an effective, life-saving treatment with careful distribution and appropriate use.

Amoxicillin is effective in treating ear infections, strep, pneumonia, and other common infectious diseases. However, in resource-poor countries, pediatric amoxicillin is either difficult to find or impossible to afford, except for the very wealthy.

"Pediatric formulations of amoxicillin are not always available outside of the large cities or hospitals,” said Dr. Eduardo Gallo, who works in a rural area of Guatemala.

Dr. Yusimil Carrazana, who works among the urban poor in a Guatemala City, puts it even more starkly, “When my patients need pediatric amoxicillin, most can’t afford to pay for it.  It’s heartbreaking."

Fortunately, both Drs. Gallo and Carranza now have access to pediatric amoxicillin thanks to MAP International's initiative to get more life-saving pediatric antibiotics to patients who can’t afford it.

Lilliana Garcia, whose eight-year-old son is a patient of Dr. Carrazana’s wept as she thanked donors for making the medicine available._MG_5982

“My son has been sick for three years with ear and throat infections,” she said. “He has already missed so much school. I love him so much and am so grateful to God and those who have made it possible for him to receive this medicine.”

This week, consider a gift to MAP International to help the thousands of children worldwide who do not have access to life-saving antibiotics.

Thank you for your support of our efforts during this important week.

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