In the first of a series of 3 articles, Dr Kirstie Graham of Malaria Consortium outlines why antibiotic resistance is ‘a ticking time bomb for public health’. She introduces the issue of antibiotic drug resistance, including its spread and its effect on child mortality. Malaria Consortium has been conducting research in Zambia to understand the use of antibiotics at community level, and aim to use their research findings to better inform action in countries implementing Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM). ICCM is one form of intervention that is increasingly being used to reduce child mortality in rural Africa.
The second article will focus more on the study itself and the final article will detail some of the study findings.