Global & Disaster Medicine

Malawi: “…In Klebsiella….resistance rose from 12% in 2003 to more than 90% in 2016. In E. coli, resistance rose from 1% to 30% in the same time period….”


“Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 170th out of 188 on the United Nations’ human development index. More than 70% of its 18 million people survive on less than $1.90 a day, the international benchmark of poverty.

Most Malawians do not own televisions, cars or phones or have internet. In rural areas, people grow their own food.
And now, the country is facing an epidemic of infections causing sepsis, one of the leading causes of death among newborns. It killed nearly 20% of them in 2016; by comparison, in the UK, sepsis is responsible for less than 2% of infant deaths.
A combination of factors, all related to poverty, mean the percentage of babies dying of sepsis has barely fallen since 2000 despite improvements in the health care system…..”

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