UN Report Urges Unified Approach to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

A report was released by United Nations (UN) international agencies and experts that called for a coordinated effort in finding solutions to prevent the alarming number of deaths caused by drug-resistant infections. The UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance stated that annual global deaths will rise to as high as 10 million a year by 2050 if no steps will be taken to improve the situation.

Over a million people die each year from antimicrobials that are gradually gaining resistance to the drugs that we use. These types of diseases are becoming harder to treat with each passing year, and it also puts our food systems at risk.

A “One Health” approach was proposed to solve this problem. This entailed that countries create awareness programs and regulatory systems that will advise its citizens on the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials to improve general health welfare. It also advises countries to invest in new technologies that can solve the growing antimicrobial resistance problem, as well as phase out the use of essential antimicrobials in the agricultural sector when used as growth promoters.

The report recognizes the hindrance that antimicrobial resistance poses to the goals set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as clean food and water, sustainable farming methods, sanitation, and universal health coverage.

The report was a collaboration of several UN agencies, including the World Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization.

About WHO

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that was established in April 7, 1948. It main priority is the coordination of international health concerns within its member states. Its overall goal is to achieve the highest possible level of health for all people.

(via WHO)

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