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Growing antimicrobial resistance crisis will impact all organizations and communities

A new United nations report, ‘No Time to Wait: Securing the future from drug-resistant infections’, highlights the imminent nature of the emerging antimicrobial resistance crisis and demands immediate, coordinated and ambitious action.

If no action is taken, warns the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance who released the report, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050: up from 700,000 currently. All organizations and communities will be impacted and damage to the global economy will be catastrophic. 

The report says that the world is already feeling the economic and health consequences as crucial medicines become ineffective. Without investment and action now, future generations will face the disastrous impacts of uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance.

The report calls for a coordinated, multisectoral ‘One Health’ approach and recommends that countries:

  • Prioritize national action plans to scale-up financing and capacity-building efforts; 
  • Put in place stronger regulatory systems and support awareness programs for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials by professionals in human, animal and plant health;
  • Invest in ambitious research and development for new technologies to combat antimicrobial resistance;
  • Urgently phase out the use of critically important antimicrobials as growth promoters in agriculture.

The recommendations require immediate engagement across sectors, from governments and the private sector, to civil society and academia.

“Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats we face as a global community. This report reflects the depth and scope of the response needed to curb its rise and protect a century of progress in health,” said Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Co-Chair of the IACG. “It rightly emphasizes that there is no time to wait and I urge all stakeholders to act on its recommendations and work urgently to protect our people and planet and secure a sustainable future for all.” 

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