An interdisciplinary panel of infectious disease clinicians and public health experts led by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a first edition of the African Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines for Common Bacterial Infections and Syndromes.

The guidelines fill a critical gap in providing healthcare workers across the African continent with expert recommendations for antimicrobial selection, dosage, and duration of treatment for common bacterial infections and syndromes among pediatric and adult patient populations and in promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials to mitigate the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens.

The guidelines were developed by two panels of physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers involved in treating infectious diseases across more than 15 AU member states. They are intended for use by clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other personnel involved in treating infectious diseases or dispensing antimicrobials in Africa. The guidelines and accompanying quick reference guides are available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish at

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