‘Podcast’ | Antibiotics at war: this is how superbugs fight resistance TODAY IN EL PAIS: Your daily podcast

Dr Nagham Hussain, Head of the Antibiotics Program at MSF Hospital in Amman, poses for a photo with a young patient and his father.

Thanks to the use of antibiotics, all modern medicine has been developed, all the surgeries we know about. But there’s a flip side to this experiment: bacteria are showing increasing resistance to antibiotics. If these do not work, a simple wound can become infected until it becomes fatal. According to the largest study ever conducted, more than 1.2 million people die from this cause every year. Predictions say that this figure will increase to 10 million in 2050.

These superbugs have already become a silent epidemic, an epidemic that gets worse in war zones, as it does in various countries in the Middle East. Open wounds, overuse of antibiotics, poor sanitation, and precarious health systems create a perfect storm.

In this episode, Luis Doncel, Head of the International Section, visits the Reconstructive Surgery Hospital built by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Amman (Jordan) for victims of war in neighboring countries such as Iraq, Syria or Yemen. There, Iraqi doctor Nagham Hussein, head of the antibiotic program, is one of those who has seen the problem grow up close in recent years.


sound design nicholas tsabertidis

version ana ribera

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