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World Antibiotic Awareness Week: How to tackle AMR?

15 Nov 2018
All Committees

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest healthcare threats facing the world today, responsible for at least 33,000 deaths each year in Europe, with related costs exceeding 1.5 billion euro.

AMR is a natural biological process that happens when microbes evolve to resist antibiotics, and if it is not properly addressed, we could be facing a ‘post-antibiotic era’ with limited treatment options for even the most common infections, and up to 10 million deaths worldwide per year by 2050.

Led by the World Health Organization (WHO), each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of AMR and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

AmCham EU member companies are striving to do their part to fight AMR, but we cannot do it alone. Combating AMR is a shared, societal challenge, and because of its complexity requires a holistic and collaborative approach amongst stakeholders.