This is a cross-sectional study measuring the knowledge and practices of selected health-oriented CSOs on antibiotic resistance under specific thematic areas using qualitative and quantitative methods through structured questionnaire-guided interviews. Four (4) regions were selected purposively based on the activities of relevant CSOs in these regions. A total of 177 respondents responded to the questionnaire.
The survey identified the following gaps:
Executive summary [Report: CSO Global meeting in Cuenca] [Download full report]
Irrational use of antibiotics by care providers and the general public has been a major contributor to the development of antibiotic resistance.
Inadequate access, cost, sub-standard medicines, hunger, malnutrition, poor environmental sanitation, inappropriate disposal of hospital waste and the use of antimicrobials in agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicine are some factors known to promote antimicrobial resistance. Antibiotic resistance presents challenges in our ability to treat infectious diseases.
To tackle this looming danger, a multistakeholder approach focusing on advocacy and health promotion on antibiotic resistance has been identified as key to changing the attitude and practice of care providers and the community. The importance of civil society groups in this regard cannot be overemphasized.