Political Will, Collective Action Across Health Sectors Vital To Addressing Threat Of Antimicrobial Resistance Globally

The Telegraph: Market failure over antibiotics threatens trade as well as global health
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, and Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the United Nations

“…Access to effective antibiotics is a prerequisite for health. … As bacteria grow resistant to antibiotics, they become more challenging — and sometimes impossible — to treat. … Acknowledging the severity of [the challenges of antimicrobial resistance], a new report launched … by international organizations and leaders from animal, human, and environmental health has outlined steps that the world must take to stop the coming tidal wave of antimicrobial resistance and how it threatens progress on the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals and targets. From phasing out the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animals to the harmonization of regulations across borders to a more sustainable approach to prescribing medicines to humans, the recommendations require bold action from all governments and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as medical, agricultural, and veterinary professionals. … [N]o one company, organization, or even sector can solve the Rubik’s Cube of drug resistance. Tackling this problem will require strong political will and collective action across human, animal, and environmental health to avoid the loss of millions of lives, prevent health care costs from soaring, keep food production sustainable, and ensure trade security for a sustainable future for all” (5/3).