Last week one of the participants of our January 2020 East Africa Phage Workshop, Dr. Ritah Nakayinga, published an article about her experience in our training program and the impacts it's having on her work. We hope you'll enjoy reading her story and how your donation is helping drive innovation in Africa to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis: https://phage.directory/capsid/phage-for-global-health#article
As the effects of COVID-19 continue to spread across Africa and Asia, our work will become even more important because the coronavirus crisis is expected to increase antibiotic resistance rates. Indeed, roughly 50% of patients who have died from COVID-19 had secondary bacterial infections, which typically require antibiotics. What's more, antibiotics are often used inappropriately to treat the viral infections in COVID-19 cases.
So we are more committed than ever to delivering additional training workshops as soon as international travel guidelines allow. Phages can play a critical role as locally-developed, sustainable treatments for both existing and emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
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