International Community Must Do More To Combat Drug-Resistant Microbes, WHO Report Says

News outlets continue to report on a new survey from the WHO on antibiotic resistance.

Agence France-Presse: World failing in fight against antibiotic resistance: WHO
“The world is doing far too little to combat the misuse of antibiotics which is fueling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers, the World Health Organization said Wednesday…” (Larson, 4/29).

CIDRAP News: Survey finds weak global response to antimicrobial resistance
“…Conducted in 2013 and 2014, the survey showed ‘that while much activity is underway and many governments are committed to addressing the problem, there are major gaps in actions needed across all six WHO regions to prevent the misuse of antibiotics and reduce spread of antimicrobial resistance,’ the WHO reported in a statement…” (Roos, 4/29).

International Business Times: Antibiotic Resistance: Combating Deadly ‘Superbugs’ Weak In Most Countries, World Health Organization Report Says
“…The new report surveyed 133 countries in 2013 and 2014, asking governments about their efforts to combat resistance, which builds as medicines are used improperly, whether in the wrong dosages or for the wrong length of time, or if the wrong medicine is used. Only 34 countries responded that they had a comprehensive plan to monitor and control how antibiotics are used…” (Whitman, 4/29).

U.N. News Centre: Systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking globally, U.N. health agency warns
“…WHO also noted that the sales of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines without prescription remain widespread, with many countries lacking standard treatment guidelines, which increases the potential for overuse of antimicrobial medicines by the public and medical professionals…” (4/29).

VOA News: WHO: Global Threat From Antibiotic Resistance Growing
“…The survey also finds public awareness of the issue remains generally low and many people believe antibiotics are effective against viral infections…” (Schlein, 4/29).

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