The State of the World’s Antibiotics Report in 2021

  03 February 2021

Researchers at CDDEP have released, The State of the World’s Antibiotics in 2021which presents extensive data on global antimicrobial use and resistance as well as drivers and correlates of antimicrobial resistance, based on CDDEP’s extensive research and data collection through ResistanceMap (www.resistancemap.org), a global repository that has been widely used by researchers, policymakers, and the media.

Since the first State of the World’s Antibiotics report in 2015, antimicrobial resistance has leveled off in some high-income countries but continues to rise in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where access to antibiotics has risen with increases in gross domestic product per capita. Per capita antibiotic consumption in LMICs is lower than in high-income countries, despite a higher infectious disease burden; however, consumption rates are rapidly converging. These trends reflect both better access to antibiotics for those who need them and increases in inappropriate antibiotic use.  

Further reading: CDDEP
Author(s): Aditi Sriram, Erta Kalanxhi, Geetanjali Kapoor, Jess Craig, Alisa Hamilton, Eili Klein, Katie Tseng, Thomas P Van Boeckel, Ramanan Laxminarayan
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