Caused by over-use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, antimicrobial resistance threatens to render existing drugs useless again even simply infections.
Faced with the enormous challenge of developing new antibiotics and preventing diseases through greater use of immunisation throughout the lifecourse, the UN’s 193 member states have now committed to producing an action plan within the next two years.
The nations have committed to:
Earlier this year, the UK’s O’Neill Antimicrobial Resistance Review also called for greater investment in expanding vaccine coverage to reduce reliance on antibiotics.
The UK has set its own target to reduce inappropriate prescriptions and the incidence of high risk bacterial infections in hospitals by 50% by 2020 and cut the level of antibiotic use in the agricultural sector to 50mg/kg by 2020.