Antimicrobial Resistance

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, 18-24 November 2020

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AMR is here and now: United to strengthen food systems and secure livelihoods

Antimicrobial medicines have long been overused and misused. Now, around the world, people, plants and animals are dying from infections that cannot be treated – even with our strongest antimicrobial treatments.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is spreading further and faster every day. If left unaddressed, AMR may force tens of millions more people into extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

Food and agriculture sectors have a pivotal role to play in tackling AMR. At every stage of the food chain measures must be taken to slow the spread of AMR and to use antimicrobials more responsibly.  

What can I do?

From farmers to cooks, producers to consumers, politicians to students and veterinarians to food packagers, we each have a role to play to slow the spread of AMR. 

  • Use FAO's World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) materials and calls to action during the campaign week to help raise awareness about AMR.
  • Spread the word about AMR on social media by using the hashtags #AntimicrobialResistance #AMR and #WAAW2020
  • Email your mailing lists about the WAAW campaign and encourage your contacts to engage on social media.
  • Develop and organize your own WAAW activities and events and participate in the virtual events listed here.

How we choose to respond to AMR today will determine the world we live in tomorrow.

FAO has the tools to support governments in taking action on AMR.

AMR is happening here and now, and it is affecting us all.

By working together we can slow the spread of AMR.

AMR is spreading further and faster every day.

Multimedia

Antimicrobial resistance - the next pandemic?

All around the world, people, plants and animals are dying from infections that cannot be treated – even with the best medicines available. That's because of the rise in antimicrobial resistance - the increasing failure of antibiotics and other life-saving drugs to treat diseases. It's a global problem that threatens to be the next pandemic, as FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer Keith Sumption explains.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GziXxiGjJgI&feature=youtu.be

Antimicrobial resistance is here and now: United to strengthen food systems and secure livelihoods

18/11/2020
Every day, people are dying from infections that cannot be treated anymore. And so are animals and plants. Our misuse and overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials has led to an increase in microbes that are resistant to the medicines designed to [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2xD3nGSY6E

What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

11/05/2020
The first video highlights what AMR is and the repercussions of not using anti-microbials properly. It also defines AMR and highlights that we are all a part of the solution.

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