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Antimicrobial Resistance

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Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in livestock sector, aquaculture as well as crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms.

Key facts

Around 700.000 human deaths each year related to antimicrobial resistance (UK’s O’Neill Commission)

27 different antimicrobial classes used in animals

Total global animal health market in 2011 was equivalent to USD 22 billion (OECD)

118 countries reported quantitative data on antimicrobial use in animals between 2015 and 2017, an increase from 89 reporting in 2015

Publications

Antimicrobial movement from agricultural areas to the environment: The missing link. A role for nuclear techniques

This paper will provide alternative screening methods useful for environmental samples and surveillance approaches in planning such screening efforts...

Monitoring and evaluation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance: framework and recommended indicators

This framework for Monitoring an evaluation of the GAP aims to be robust and practical—to provide a manageable system that can facilitate the generation, collection and analysis of standardized data to assess the success of [...]

Follow-up to the political declaration of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on antimicrobial resistance - Report of the Secretary-General

The report highlights progress made by Member States and the Tripartite Organizations in addressing antimicrobial resistance...

News

Innovative FAO tool helps Tajikistan tackle antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the major threats faced by the global community. When a microorganism becomes resistant to medicines, the opportunities for treating diseases are reduced.

Antimicrobial Resistance, Agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals

An Information Session organized by FAO and the South Centre in collaboration with Permanent Missions of Ghana and Norway

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