Antimicrobial resistance Moving ForwardAntimicrobial resistance Moving Forward

The success of antimicrobial drugs has led to their widespread overuse and misuse in humans, animals and plants.

When microorganisms are exposed to antimicrobial drugs, they can develop adaptations to survive drug exposure and defeat the drugs designed to destroy them. The accumulation of these adaptations can lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Moreover, the complex international concerns over AMR may endanger the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, placing AMR as a global public health challenge.

For this reason, multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder approaches are needed. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in association with WHO, is introduced as a tool to tackle AMR. The Charter indicates capacity, governance, information and advocacy as the four enablers of public health functions (prevention, protection and promotion).

The findings and strategies to offer ways to reduce AMR are reported in the journal BMC Public Health.

“The global public health voice should lead the current policy discussions in the field of AMR”.  Thus, the WFPHA Call, signed by around 70 national and international organizations demand that all sectors keep public health at the centre of policies and research. “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health can pave the path to coordinate the key initiatives that incorporate acting from the individual empowerment to good governance for effective global action.”

To read the full article, click here

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedInShere with friendsDisplay print-friendly version