A manifesto for tackling the silent pandemic of Antimicrobial Resistance
India as the current G-20 president and a vulnerable country has a key role in ensuring that AMR remains high on the global health agenda.
Antimicrobial Resistance and Global concerns:
- Global public health response has been threatened due to the rising misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals.
- Microbial resistance to antibiotics has made it harder to treat infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), blood poisoning (septicaemia) and several food-borne diseases.
- In 2019, AMR was associated with an estimated 4.95 million human deaths. A 2018 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned of a phenomenal increase, by 2030, in resistance to backup antibiotics (second and third-line).