Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Will antibiotic resistance affect me?

Antimicrobial Resistance threatens our ability to cure common infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea. It also has the power to undermine major medical advances such as surgeries, treatment of cancer patients and care of preterm babies. The issue also affects our ability to reach global health goals such as reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health.

What is the impact of antibiotic resistance?

Antimicrobial Resistance is not a problem of the future, around 214,000 newborns are estimated to die every year from blood infections (sepsis) caused by resistant bacteria – representing at least 30% of all sepsis deaths in newborns. Antibiotic resistance spreads silently across the world. It already cause more than 500,000 deaths every year. This number is predicted to rise dramatically if radical actions are not taken. Antibiotic resistance has become one of the greatest threats to global health. More than 60% of the populations in some areas carry multidrug-resistant bacteria in their normal bacterial flora. Antibiotic resistance is also a costly problem. It is estimated that the median overall cost to treat a resistant bacterial infection is around 700 USD, equal to over one year’s wages of a rural worker in India. Novel treatments for multidrug-resistant infections can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, making them unaffordable for many.

How can I help?

You, as a student or an ASPIC club member, can learn more about bacteria and antibiotic resistance. In this way, you can teach other students about bacteria and antibiotic resistance, and inform them about possible actions to limit the problem. You can also become an antibiotic resistance champion: help raising awareness in your community, initiate your own activities and be an example for others. To tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance, people need to change behaviors at all levels of society. Knowledge is needed on why it is important to take action for your own well-being as well as for the good of society and what can be done to meet the challenge of antibiotic resistance. By raising awareness, more people can be inspired to take action, increasing our chances to succeed in limiting the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria and preserving the cure for future generations.

[Source: ReAct website]

To learn more about AMR, please visit the ReAct Toolbox