STATUS OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
Antibiotic resistance problems in Nicaragua stem from:
Lack of access to appropriate antimicrobial therapy
Lack of regulation in human use
Lack of regulation in agricultural use
Lack of surveillance of antibiotic use and resistance
Lack of updated antibiotic use and treatment guidelines
Lack of continuing medical education on antibiotic use for prescribers
Lack of microbiological lab capacity/lab training/diagnostic tools
These problems challenge the ability to effectively treat infectious diseases that are prevalent in Nicaragua such as tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and dengue.
APUA Nicaragua was founded in 2003. Executive committee members are affiliated with Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua, Hospital Metropolitano and Hospital Escuela Roberto Calderon.
APUA Nicaragua has conducted research and written guidelines about proper antibiotic use. Chapter members have participated in conferences and symposiums and contributed to practitioner education in medical schools.
Sheyla Silva Bustamante
Maria Mercedes Caceres
Guillermo Porras Cortez
Crisanta Rocha Martinez
Carlos Quant Duran
Updated May 2011