Experts Look For Solutions to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Recent figures show that antimicrobial resistance has been linked to close to 5 million deaths annually - more than the total combined death toll of HIV/Aids and malaria.
Microbes such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi form part of our everyday lives. They are important for healthy digestion, immune function, and the synthesis of essential nutrients, and we depend on them for farming and industrial processes. But microbes also cause disease in people, animals and plants. Over time, microbes develop resistance to antimicrobials, and some eventually evolve into superbugs that no longer respond to the drugs. This leads to more and more untreatable infections appearing in hospitals and communities.
This year's World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week (WAAW) 2023 is hosted in Harare, Zimbabwe with an aim to improve awareness and understanding of this silent killer.
The Silent Killer That Leads to 5 Million Deaths a Year
The Conversation Africa, 17 November 2023
Microbes such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi form part of our everyday lives - they live in us, on us and around us. Read more »
Drug Resistance May Make Common Infections Like Thrush Untreatable
The Conversation Africa, 23 November 2023
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest global threats to health, food security and development. This month, The Conversation's experts explore how we got here and the… Read more »
Africa CDC Joins Global Partners to Mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2023
Africa CDC, 20 November 2023
In the spirit of joint action against the rising threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Africa CDC is participating in the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2023… Read more »
Zimbabwe Hosts the World AMR Awareness Week
Africa CDC, 17 November 2023
The Quadripartite partners consisting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health… Read more »
WHO Costing and Budgeting Tool for National Action Plans On Antimicrobial Resistance - Catalysing Collaboration in the United Republic of Tanzania
WHO, 15 November 2023
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African Health Ministers Mobilize Against Dangerous Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
WHO-AFRO, 30 August 2023
Gaborone, 29 August 2023 – African health ministers today endorsed a regional strategy to ramp up action against antimicrobial resistance, which is estimated to have directly… Read more »
A United Nations (UN) report has put new focus on the growing spread of antim Read more »
Antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to humanity, health leaders have warned, as a study reveals it has become a leading cause of death worldwide. Hundreds of ... Read more »
Testing for antimicrobial resistance at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (file photo).