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Governments, Funders, Private Sector Must Work Together To Promote Proper Use Of Antibiotics

Daily Nation: Antibiotic resistance is a grave threat to future of global health
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa

“Nothing less than global health security is at stake when antibiotics are misused. … The World Health Organization (WHO) will join the global community to observe the World Antibiotic Awareness Week from today to November 18, with the overall theme, ‘Think Twice. Seek Advice.’ This year, the WHO is introducing sub-themes to showcase the immense work underway to tackle antimicrobial resistance, and which demonstrate how antibiotics are linked between humans, animals, and the environment. … Governments, funding agencies, and the private sector need to invest and work together to secure safe and effective medicines for generations to come. The WHO in the African region has made the fight against antibiotic resistance a top priority, and is working with countries to develop and implement action plans to combat antibiotic resistance and generate reliable data for action. We are helping countries to build resilient health systems through stronger regulation and policies, which promote the appropriate use of quality antibiotics…” (11/12).

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