Excessive Rates of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Between 2007 and 2017, children in eight low- and middle-income countries received, on average, 25 antibiotic prescriptions from birth through age five - up to five times higher than the already high levels observed in high-income settings.
The results were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases by Swiss TPH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Many of the prescriptions are unnecessary and might exacerbate resistance. The number of antibiotic prescriptions for young children ranged from one per year for children in Senegal to 12 per year for children in Uganda.