Authors: Martha Powell, Future Science Group
International organizations have united on critical recommendations to combat antimicrobial resistance in a ground-breaking report released today.
The report was released by the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, who state that resistant infections could cause 10 million deaths by 2050 and damage to the economy comparable to the 2008–2009 financial crisis. In addition, by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million individuals into extreme poverty.
Some consequences are already being felt as crucial medicines become ineffective, however, the report suggests that without investment from countries across the globe antimicrobial resistance will have a disastrous impact.
The report therefore calls for a coordinated, multisectoral ‘One Health’ approach, recommending that countries: