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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

is the ability of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to resist medicines, causing untreatable infections and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death.

Misuse and overuse

of antimicrobials to promote animal growth and to prevent diseases, creates resistance against drugs (in animals and in humans consuming these animals), along with the pollution of the environment.

Post-Antibiotic Era

“If current trends continue unabated, there will be a post-antibiotic era: an end to modern medicine. Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratch knee could once again, kill” (Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, 2012).

Samantha, a 17-year-old, was admitted to the hospital with a virus. The ward had two cases of MRSA, a viciously resistant bacteria. The doctors decided to do a marrow bone biopsy in her hip. After a week, she started
to complain of soreness. She was brought back to the hospital and was
told that she had MRSA in her nose, neck, lungs and the biopsy site.
A few days later, she stopped breathing, her kidneys failed,
and she died of major organ failure.

Ms Susan Fallon (Mother)

What is an AMR outbreak?

An AMR outbreak means: there are no more effective antibiotics, to produce 6 new ones will cost 6 billion US$ and 3-4 years, contaminations will increase exponentially, and transmissions will occur as fast or faster than the Covid-19 pandemic.

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700.000+

Deaths annually due to AMR, based on incomplete statistics.

10 million

Estimated deaths per year due to AMR by 2050.

$100 trillion

will be lost in economic output by 2050.

73%

of all antibiotics are used in animal husbandry

700.000+

Deaths annually due to AMR, based on incomplete statistics.

10 million

Estimated deaths per year due to AMR by 2050.

$100 trillion

will be lost in economic output by 2050.

73%

of all antibiotics are used in animal husbandry

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Our Blog

AMR is one of the greatest challenges to global health in our lifetime. This issue will change how we treat even common infections and have implications for the foods we consume every day. The longer we remain inactive, the more this problem compounds.

Surveillance & Monitoring

The urgency of the AMR threat: some statistics

08.02.2021

AMR has already claimed 400,000 European lives between 1999 and 2017. In light of the most recent UN report (UN…

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Surveillance & Monitoring

AMR impacts 12 of 17 UN SDGs, but not mentionned in any way. Why?

15.10.2020

In May 2019, the UN Secretary General stated: “Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat to health, livelihoods and the achievement…

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Surveillance & Monitoring

The urgency of the AMR threat: some statistics

08.02.2021

AMR has already claimed 400,000 European lives between 1999 and 2017. In light of the most recent UN report (UN…

READ MORE
Surveillance & Monitoring

AMR impacts 12 of 17 UN SDGs, but not mentionned in any way. Why?

15.10.2020

In May 2019, the UN Secretary General stated: “Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat to health, livelihoods and the achievement…

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Testimonials

People are affected by AMR every day. Read accounts of their experiences here.

Susan Fallon

- Susan Fallon, Vice Chair, MRSA Action UK

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Peter Jens

- Peter Jens; CEO AND Biopharma BV

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Susan Fallon

- Susan Fallon, Vice Chair, MRSA Action UK

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Peter Jens

- Peter Jens; CEO AND Biopharma BV

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News

Keep up to date on the latest AMR developments from antibiotic research and development to policy goals set forth by leaders around the world.

Special Issue 4: Antimicrobial Use in Agriculture

17.02.2021

Key points: The global rise in demand for animal protein is among the salient changes of our time. Animals raised…

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Getting the point across with social media and giant bacteria

17.02.2021

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, showing a great commitment to 2020’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, many countries have…

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Special Issue 3: Vaccines

08.02.2021

Are vaccines alternatives to antibiotics? Please see below the recent coverage on vaccines.

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