What is antimicrobial resistance and why is it so dangerous?
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. Antimicrobial resistance can affect anyone of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance is the subset of Antimicrobial resistance, it occurs naturally, but the misuse of antibiotics is accelerating in humans and animals.
What is antimicrobial resistance (AMR)?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious global challenge for public health, food security and sustainable development. Microbes including bacteria, fungi and viruses are increasingly becoming resistant to antimicrobial drugs that were previously effective against them, making it more difficult to treat infections.
What is the United Nations doing about antimicrobial resistance?
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) also recognized that antimicrobial resistance is an increasing threat to global health, food security and sustainable development, and underlined the need to further understand the role of environmental pollution in the development of antimicrobial resistance (UNEP 2018).
Is antimicrobial resistance killing more people than cancer and road traffic accidents?
With 7 lakh people losing the battle to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) per year and another 10 Million projected to die from it by 2050, AMR alone is killing more people than cancer and road traffic accidents combined.