Today already 700,000 deaths every year are happening worldwide because of AMR. By 2050, it would become an extremely difficult situation where 10 million people will die annually (19 deaths per minute) because of AMR, more people than currently die from cancer i.e. 8.2 million deaths per year. This is truly shocking and it does not stop here, even AMR has a very high economic cost. If AMR is not tackled than from now till 2050, AMR would cost 100 trillion USD.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms like bacteria (causes pneumonia), viruses (HIV), and some parasites (Malaria) to stop antimicrobials such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarial respectively from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.Read More
"Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, inwhich common infections and
minor injuries can once again kill"
Everyone plays a role in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Understanding your role and how you, specifically, can contribute in the fight against antimicrobial resistance is the first step in combating it. Understand what it is you can do to help combat AMR, and take the pledge today. Every part and every role matters, and together our roles make a difference.Read More
Antibiotics works against Bacterial pneumonia, Sepsis (blood stream infections), Wound and skin infections, Urinary tract infections, Bacterial tonsillitis (strep throat), etc.
Antibiotics does not work against Colds, Most respiratory tract infections, Influenza (the flu), Viral gastroenteritis, Measles.
"The prevention and containment of anti-microbial resistance requires multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder action. India is committed to fully support global efforts to prevent and contain anti-microbial resistance." - Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
"Drug resistance imposes huge costs on health systems and is taking a growing-and unnecessary-toll in lives and threatening to roll back much of the progress we have made" - Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
"AMR is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials. Replacement treatments are costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in ICUs." - Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO