Adoption, Implementation Of Global Action Plan To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance Can Help Bring Problem ‘Under Control’

Devex: Time for decisive action on antimicrobial resistance
Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the WHO

“…Despite the concern of clinicians and scientists over decades, and some progress in recent years, antimicrobial resistance has become one of the most serious global health threats of modern times. … In the face of this situation, sustained global and national leadership; commitment from all stakeholders, including the public and those in health, agriculture, business, and civil society; and coordination and collaboration across sectors — particularly between human and animal health and agriculture — are critical to ensure that actions are complementary rather than duplicative or conflicting. … There are no simple, quick-fix solutions. But with rising political attention and adoption of the global action plan [to combat antimicrobial resistance], the opportunity to finally bring antibiotic resistance under control is within reach” (5/26).