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New fact sheet: Effective antibiotics - essential for children's survival

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2020-03-12

Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 years old. Many of these infections are likely caused by resistant bacteria. To shed further light on how antibiotic resistance affects children ReAct has produced a short fact sheet.

 

Map with figures of resistant bacteria found in children across the globe.
Resistant bacteria affect children in every region of the world. Map: ReAct. View larger version, in new window.

Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 years old. Many of these infections are likely caused by resistant bacteria.

In fact, children bear the highest burden of infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. To shed further light on how antibiotic resistance affects children, why children are more vulnerable and what we can all do to manage antibiotic resistance, ReAct has developed a fact sheet highlighting the importance of preserving effective antibiotics for children.

Celina Hanson, Policy Advisor, ReAct Europe says:

Children are more vulnerable to resistant infections, so it is important that every child has access to effective antibiotics, a life-saving group of medicines.

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