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Antimicrobial Resistance

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Key sectors
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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)

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

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 [...]

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

News

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

Promoting prudent use of antimicrobial in poultry farms

Antimicrobial Resistance experts from 5 Sub-Saharan African countries join to develop innovative behavior change strategies

Multimedia

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