Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Announces His Support for Ondine

In a video address (below) directed at Spanish speaking countries around the world, Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, announced his participation with Ondine Biomedical to help fight the global burden of infectious disease.

Mr. Fox’s special concern for this area of the world is well-supported by the science. For example, a global study (12,539 patient records examined across 66 countries) published this month in The Lancet, compared the burden and effect of surgical site infections between low, middle, and high-income countries. It found:

  • Surgical site infections affect 12% of patients worldwide, but in developing countries that number skyrockets to 40% of the patients.
  • Worldwide, 22% of these infections were resistant to antibiotics; but again, the numbers escalate in developing countries where bugs were drug-resistant 33% of the time.
  • Staphlococcus aureus was not only the most ubiquitous pathogen, it dwarfed the presence of any other single organism by a factor of almost 10.

Crucially, the study says these higher rates of infection and resistance to drug therapy have real world consequences for the patients: Their rate of death was almost two and a half times as high; their hospital stay was three times longer; and they were more likely to require further medical procedures or to have another healthcare-associated infection.

Last October, the Chief Medical Officer of Britain, Sally Davies, MD, told us where this rising tide of drug-resistant infectious disease is taking us: “If antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell the end of modern medicine. Without the drugs used to fight infections, common medical interventions such as cesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements will become incredibly risky and transplant medicine would be a thing of the past.”

There’s a saying that goes ‘The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.’ That’s exactly what the science is saying about the burden of drug-resistant infectious disease – that it’s the low and middle-income countries who are bearing the brunt of it.

Mr. Fox understands this. Hence his involvement in the struggle, in the words of Dr. Sally Davies, to help save modern medicine.

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