Antibiotics, so easily available for most of us, are often difficult to find in resource-poor countries. When infections occur, antibiotics are often the difference between life and death. This project will provide antibiotic treatments to children in resource-poor regions around the world.
Antibiotics are so integrated into most of our lives that we barely think about them. Cut your finger and apply an antibiotic ointment. Have strep throat? The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Those of us in the more robust economically-developed countries take for granted the access we have to life-changing medicines. Sadly, for millions in resource-poor countries, a simple cut or strep throat could become life-threatening because people do not have access to simple treatments.
MAP will provide children in resource-poor countries with seven-day antibiotic treatments. By offering these antibiotics, MAP will help reduce the number of children who are sick or even die without antibiotic treatment.
Over two billion people worldwide lack access to life-changing medicines. And, 5.6 million children under age five die each year from preventable illness or disease. Of these, an estimated three million could have been prevented with affordable, simple interventions. By providing antibiotic treatments to clinics serving children, MAP will reduce the number of deaths due to lack of medicine.