Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats people worldwide are fighting – sometimes without even knowing it’s a threat. But germs that have evolved to resist the effects of the drugs used to fight them directly kill more than a million people a year, and they’re a factor in the deaths of close to a million more.

Women are far more likely to be infected with and then spread these drug-resistant superbugs.

In this episode of One World, One Health, Dr. Deepshikha Batheja, an economist and postdoctoral fellow at the One Health Trust, chats with Maggie Fox about the effect of gender inequality on the spread of superbugs. Research has shown that women are 27% more likely than men to be given antibiotics, and Dr. Batheja is researching why that might be – and what can be done about it.


Dr. Deepshikha Batheja

Dr. Deepshikha Batheja is a Postdoctoral fellow at the One Health Trust (OHT). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Batheja’s broad research interests include development, health economics, and labor economics. A key thread in her research has been the impact of gender on economic, health, and social outcomes. Dr. Batheja uses real-world data and often relies on randomized controlled trial (RCT) methodology to test economic theory and inform policy.  Her research work has been featured in the World Bank Development Impact Blog, Ideas for India, IGC Blogpost, and Hindustan Times (a leading daily in India).


Hosted and written by Maggie Fox
Special guest: Deepshikha Batheja
Produced and edited by Samantha Serrano
Music composed and sound edited by Raquel Krügel