International – WHO Details Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance Globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) finalized a report on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), stressing the urgency to act.

The final report—developed by the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)—identifies 14 recommendations centered on the urgency and action needed for a global fight against AMR.

“The challenges of antimicrobial resistance are complex and multifaceted, but they are not insurmountable,” WHO said, arguing the report’s recommendations “will help to save millions of lives, maintain economic and other development gains, and secure the future from drug-resistant diseases.”

The challenges the report seeks to tackle relate to factors including the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial agents, poor prescribing practices and weak regulation and oversight.

At least 700,000 deaths are attributed to drug-resistant diseases every year, according to the report.

The report focuses on accelerating progress and innovating to protect the future from drug-resistant diseases, as well as collaborating for more effective action and increasing investments. The report also urges strengthening accountability and global governance…