United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance report has warned that drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050. It added that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
- At present, at least 7,00,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases, including 2,30,000 people die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
- More and more common diseases, including respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections are becoming untreatable.
- It also noted that lifesaving medical procedures are also becoming riskier, and food systems are getting increasingly precarious.
- The world is already feeling economic and health consequences of antimicrobial resistance as crucial medicines become ineffective.
- Without investment from countries in all income brackets, future generations will face disastrous impacts of uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance.
- Recommendations: (i) Countries should prioritise national action plans to scale-up financing and capacity-building efforts, (ii) Countries put in place stronger regulatory systems and support awareness programs for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials by professionals in human, animal and plant health (iv) Investing in ambitious R&D for new technologies to combat antimicrobial resistance.