Adding Resistance to Injury

Saudi-led bombing in Yemen has seen thousands of casualties and left medical care in tatters, and more limbs and lives are being lost to now-widespread antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

AMR has swelled average field hospital stays from 5 days to 19 days. One Médecins Sans Frontières trauma center is scrambling to treat the 70% of patients who present with antibiotic resistant bacteria, while government-run and private hospitals lack the capacity to treat multidrug resistant infections.

Non-prescription antibiotics supplied by pharmacies were common before Yemen’s war, helping build “a new generation of multidrug resistant bacteria,” said MSF chief doctor Nagwan Mansoor.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism


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