Antibiotic resistance (ABR) – no sustainability without antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a missing topic in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One can visualize easily terrifying consequences on mankind by not attributing this issue global attention it deserves. It threatens to undermine the effectiveness of modern medicine and with everrising number of resistant bacterial strains (WHO, 2014; CDC 2013) it could mean the undoing of much of the progress made under the MDGs. Resistance to antimicrobial drugs already causes an estimated 700 000 deaths annually and – without effective action – is predicted to cause 10 million deaths annually and cost up to US $ 100 trillion by 2050 (Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, 2014). Thus it is not only a public health issue but it is also critical to the global development progress.

The SDGs should emphasize antimicrobial resistance as a threat to global health that must be overcome. As an example, several of the planned targets in the health-dedicated goal three from the SDGs current list will be impossible to achieve without effective antimicrobials, e.g. maternal mortality ratio, newborn and under-five children mortality , communicable diseases epidemics, and a significant part of NCDs (Laxminarayan et al., 2013). Health systems will not be sustainable without effective antimicrobials, specifically antibiotics (Tomson & Vlad, 2014).

Analogies with other fundamental global concerns such as climate change can help us understand the actual scope and irreversible consequences man can face if radical action is not taken (Laxminarayan et al., 2013). The golden era of effective antibiotics is today history and the world has to deliver one holistic solution (Nathan & Cars, 2014).

Click on the link below to read the full brief and share your comments
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/634484-Cars-Antibiotic%20resistance%20(ABR)%20-%20No%20sustainability%20without%20antibiotics%20-%20ReAct.pdf

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One thought on “Antibiotic resistance (ABR) – no sustainability without antibiotics

  1. Friedrich Soltau

    This brief makes a very convincing case for action, as well as linking the issue of anti-microbial resistance with the broader sustainable development agenda. The brief does a good job explaining why such a life-and-death issue receives insufficient attention. Going forward, we need a great deal more awareness regarding solutions, whether good stewardship of existing antimicrobials, or incentives for new drug discovery.

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