Antimicrobial Resistance

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Join the antimicrobial resistance pledge

In preparation for the World Antibiotic Awareness Week the general public is encouraged to participate in a social media campaign to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is a global emerging threat to humans and animals, which results from [...]

FAO supports ASEAN initiative in the establishment of a Coordinating Centre for Animal Health and Zoonoses

With the increasing threat of emerging and re-emerging zoonoses, transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today announced a regional approach to counter the dangers. ASEAN has committed to the establishment of an [...]

Assessment of national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Kenya

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a worldwide health threat at the human–animal-environment interface. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in different sectors can result in ineffectiveness of previously successful human and animal treatments of diseases. Food and feed producing agriculture that use [...]

Zimbabwe: Raising media awareness on the threats of antimicrobial resistance

Harare - Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become an urgent global health threat requiring immediate international and national attention. It is estimated that 700,000 people currently die from AMR related deaths and that by 2050, if not tackled, resistance to antimicrobials [...]

At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance

OPGA / WHO / FAO / OIE Joint News Release World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines.

Superbugs: Why We Need Action Now

Many global health crises are dramatic—think of SARS, Ebola, or Zika. New or forgotten diseases erupt or re-emerge, initially defying our understanding, causing serious illness, suffering, and death, traveling swiftly around the world, creating fear and anxiety and damaging economies. [...]

Reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance on our farms and in our food

FAO today pledged to help countries develop strategies for tackling the spread of antimicrobial resistance in their food supply chains, as governments prepare to debate the emerging challenge posed by medicine-resistant "superbugs" next week at the UN General Assembly.

Codex Alimentarius Commission: 27-30 June 2016

The United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission is meeting in Rome from 27 to 30 June 2016 to examine food safety and quality standards. Charged with protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in the food trade, the Codex [...]

Zimbabwe: Adopting a One Health Approach to fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobials, including antibiotics, antifungal, antimalarial and antiviral drugs, play a very critical role in combating infectious diseases in both human and veterinary medicine. However, in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in resistance to the antimicrobials used [...]

Working together to address AMR

FAO and Ministries of Health and Agriculture in Kenya hold a national Multi-stakeholder (One Health) Workshop on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance. The first national cross-sectoral consultative workshop on Antimicrobial Use (AMU) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) related to agriculture, livestock production, fisheries [...]

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