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.


Testing for antimicrobial resistance at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (file photo).

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