Why we need a culture of international collaboration to fight antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial resistance poses one of the biggest threats to public health faced in modern times. Left unchecked, it’s thought that by 2050 the global number of deaths from antimicrobial resistance may be as high as 10 million per year. In addition to the human cost, the financial burden will be substantial – costing us about $100 trillion in total by 2050.

Many experts believe we have reached a critical point, and must take action as soon as possible to avoid these statistics becoming reality. For instance, the final report from the UK-based Review on Antimicrobial Resistance last year put forward a number of innovative suggestions for ways in which this issue could be addressed.

In this article, we look at the scale of the challenge, and consider the ways in which all international stakeholders – including the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare systems, governments and global population – need to work together in order to avoid the dawning of a post-antibiotic era that could put many of the achievements of modern medicine at risk.

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