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Insight: How many AMR deaths will it take before we act?

  • Widjaja Lukito

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /  09:26 am
Insight: How many AMR deaths will it take before we act? At least 700,000 deaths worldwide are caused by drug-resistant bacteria each year, slashing about US$100 trillion from the combined gross domestic product and an additional $210 trillion from secondary effects, according to the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. (Shutterstock/File)

Population and economic growth, compounded by increasing demand for food, specifically for meat, have driven the overuse of antibiotics for animal health and in animal food production globally, contributing to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and a growing number of human deaths. In spite of the alarming death rates, the world has not seen much action to stem the AMR threat. The figures are mind-blowing. At least 700,000 deaths worldwide are caused by drug-resistant bacteria each year, slashing about US$100 trillion from the combined gross domestic product and an additional $210 trillion from secondary effects, according to the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. This number could increase to 10 million deaths per year by 2050, if business continues as usual. In 2014, Indonesia alone had 130,000 AMR-related deaths, makin...

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