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How key policy tool can accelerate fight against antimicrobial resistance

  • Poonam Khetrapal Singh

    Regional director of the World Health Organization's South-East Asia Region

Bangkok   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:16 am

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the 21st century’s greatest threats to health. Across the world, AMR already kills an estimated 700,000 people each year. By 2050, unless urgent action is taken, it is projected to kill 10 million annually at a cost of US$10 trillion. AMR occurs when the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs — including antibiotics — is diminished due to mutations in infectious bacteria. One of the most important causes of AMR and the superbugs it creates is the use of high-power antibiotics where less potent drugs would do. The future of medicine — and with it, public health — is at stake. The World Health Organization's South-East Asia Region has made steady progress. As per the Global Action Plan on AMR, all 11 of the region’s member states are implementing a multisectoral national action plan to tackle the problem. They have also signed on to the Gl...