14th NRHC Recommendation

Urgent need for the development of programs for the appropriate use of antibiotics that would provide a combination of education, guidance, interventions and a supportive policy environment which would be tailored to the rural setting. These programs should be multidisciplinary and target prescribers as well as patients.

It is estimated that by 2050, deaths attributable to Antimicrobial Resistance will be greater than cancer which will result in a major international financial crisis. There is an urgent need to combat antibiotic resistance because no action today results in no cure tomorrow. In addition, there is a greater percentage of infections in the rural areas with a higher usage of antibiotics and in many cases the patients and primary healthcare workers have no ready access to on-site specialized support.

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