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APUA Venezuela


The most urgent antimicrobial resistance problems identified by APUA Venezuela members are:

  • Lack of access to appropriate antimicrobial therapy
  • Lack of continuing medical education on antibiotic use for prescribers
  • Lack of microbiological lab capacity/lab training/diagnostic tools

HIV/AIDS, malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases and dengue fever have the highest prevalence in Venezuela.


APUA Venezuela was formed in the summer of 1999. Chapter Coordinator, Dr. Manuel Guzman Blanco, is President of the Antibiotic Commission of the Pan American Association for Infectious Diseases and Director of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Caracas Medical Center. Initial members of APUA Venezuela include representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance, the Pan American Health Organization, academia, industry and various medical centers.

Chapter Objectives and Priorities:

  • Spread the surveillance resistance data
  • Improve education for prescribers


APUA Venezuela's activities to promote prudent antibiotic use include:

  • Surveillance
  • Prescriber training
  • Expert advice and media information
  • Conferences or poster sessions
  • Facilitation of collaboration between experts
  • Collaboration with other organizations


Dr. Manuel Guzman Blanco, Chapter Leader

Andreina Sanchez
Mario Comegna

Updated April 2011

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