Antibiotic resistance is a significant global concern, worsened in Bangladesh because antibiotics are widely available without a prescription. IUBAT nursing grad Ariful Haque Tutul and colleagues recently published a paper on unprescribed antibiotic use in the journal of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. They found that prevalence of antibiotic administration without prescription was over 37% among survey participants. “Our study revealed significant gaps in the participants’ fundamental knowledge … regarding the administration of antibiotics, including antibiotic identification, disease types, and the ability to differentiate antibiotic-treatable diseases from those that would not respond to antibiotics.” Survey participants were all urban dwellers, but the study found significant differences in various regions of the country.
Knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics in Bangladesh
Distribution of administration of antibiotics without prescription by division