Drug-Resistant Infections in South Africa – How do we Stem the Tide?

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Drug-Resistant Infections in South Africa – How do we Stem the Tide?

Like most other low and middle-income countries, South Africa faces a high burden of bacterial, fungal and protozoal disease, and the dual epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis. Compounding this burden is the increasing rate of drug resistance, as antimicrobial use increases. The last five years have seen an unprecedented escalation in international political awareness and action to address drug resistance in common bacterial infections. This seminar will examine South Africa’s response to the broader issue of resistance in multiple pathogens from an infectious disease and public health perspective.

Marc Mendelson is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town (UCT).

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