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Antimicrobial Resistance

About AMR

What is it?
What is it?
FAO's role
FAO's role
Who we are
Who we are
Key sectors
Key sectors

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)

Just 89 countries report having a system in place to collect data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals (OIE, 2015)

No standardized data available on the global use of antimicrobials in livestock

Publications

Averting risks to the food chain

A compendium of proven emergency prevention methods and tools

No Time to Wait: Securing the future from drug-resistant infections

Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

Tackling antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production - Lessons learned in Denmark

This publication describes an arduous campaign to tackle the use of antimicrobials – specifically antibiotics – in the Danish swine-producing sector thanks to the collaboration between the regulatory sector within the Ministry of Environment and [...]

News

New report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisis

International organizations unite on critical recommendations to combat drug-resistant infections and prevent staggering number of deaths each year

Ghana pilots innovative tool to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Almost a year after Ghana launched its national strategy to fight drug-resistant superbugs, strategic One Health players including animal, human, plant, and environment experts, and the private sector, gathered to assess the progress of the [...]

International organizations step up coordination in human and animal health sectors to ward off infectious diseases and rising antimicrobial resistance

Alarmed by the continuing threat of infectious diseases that can spread between animals and humans in Asia and the Pacific, three international organizations have announced they are increasing their coordination to respond more effectively across [...]

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