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Combatting antimicrobial resistance in Africa through surveillance and capacity building

Thematic Series

Dr Alaa AbouElfetouh (Alexandria University, Egypt)

Open for submissions until December 31st 2021, please submit here.

Most African countries are lower- or middle-income and they bear the greatest burden of antimicrobial resistance because of limited resources, insufficient lab and diagnostic capacities, poor surveillance infrastructure and staggering antimicrobial stewardship efforts and infection control plans. These handicaps negatively impact public healthcare programs. Research has the potential to make a difference through guiding public health policies and informing antimicrobial stewardship and infection control plans. Yet historically for many reasons, fewer studies on antimicrobial resistance are published from Africa. Most of these studies focus on infections in healthcare settings which are usually harder to manage. In recent years, the incidence of community associated infections has been increasing which might signify a change in the epidemiological dynamics of infection.  


To fill the knowledge gap and increase impact on public health Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control is launching a thematic series, entitled Combatting antimicrobial resistance in Africa through surveillance and capacity building.

In this series the journal invites researchers, particularly those from Africa but all are welcome,  to submit high quality research targeting antimicrobial resistance challenges facing the African continent in both community and hospital settings. The series covers all aspects of the fight against antimicrobial resistance, primarily surveillance, improved diagnostics, antimicrobial stewardship, infection control, education, etc. and how that would translate into national public health policies. Articles covering one or more of these aspects in a One Health approach are especially welcome.  

The series includes all manuscript types: original research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analysis articles. 

  1. Overuse of antibiotics is a major challenge and undermines measures to control drug resistance worldwide. Postnatal women and newborns are at risk of infections and are often prescribed prophylactic antibiotic...

    Authors: Mwaka A. Kakolwa, Susannah L. Woodd, Alexander M. Aiken, Fatuma Manzi, Giorgia Gon, Wendy J. Graham and Abdunoor M. Kabanywanyi

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2021 10:142

    Content type: Short report

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  2. Antibiotic resistance is a public health concern in Democratic Republic Congo and worldwide. It is usually caused by antibiotic over prescription or dispensing practices. The consumption of animal source food ...

    Authors: Ghislain Bilamirwa Ngaruka, Brigitte Bora Neema, Theophile Kashosi Mitima, Antoine Sadiki Kishabongo and Olivier Basole Kashongwe

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2021 10:124

    Content type: Research

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  3. Staphylococcus aureus can colonize various host species, and human-animal interaction is a significant factor for cross-species transmission. However, data on S. aureus colonization in animals, particularly on ru...

    Authors: Adebayo Osagie Shittu, Fadekemi Funmilayo Taiwo, Neele Judith Froböse, Bianca Schwartbeck, Silke Niemann, Alexander Mellmann and Frieder Schaumburg

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2021 10:122

    Content type: Research

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  4. The development of antimicrobial resistance, which is partially attributable to the overuse and/or misuse of antibiotics in health care, is one of the greatest global public health challenges. In Sub-Saharan A...

    Authors: Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Lisa Hall and Linda A. Selvey

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2021 10:13

    Content type: Review

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