We need to act fast to stop the spread of superbugs

Critical gaps in action to address the rise and spread of drug-resistant superbugs are putting recent progress in peril. Health representatives from national governments and agencies, civil society, the private sector and global philanthropies will meet in Ghana next week, to focus on ambitious action, but also warn that despite pockets of country-level innovation, international progress is stalling.

Government ministers, scientists, industry and civil society leaders are meeting in Accra, Ghana, for the second international Call to Action on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), focussed on global, coordinated action to halt the spread of superbugs. According to the World Bank, by 2030, a further 24 million people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) will be pushed into poverty if effective action is not taken.

Faced with the heaviest burden of disease, LMICs are leading the way using pioneering activities to tackle superbugs. Tackling AMR requires a multisector approach – referred to as One Health – due to the interconnected nature of human, animal and environmental health. Reflecting this cross-cutting nature, groups from across governments, communities and sectors have come together to develop innovative solutions aimed at reducing illness and death caused by superbugs.

Source: Wellcome

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