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Fragile progress against drug-resistance

Thursday October 12th, 2017

Progress in tackling drug-resistant organisms is “fragile,” senior scientists warn today.

The warning is being issued at a major summit in Berlin, Germany, organised by the Wellcome Trust and involving the governments of the UK, Thailand and Ghana together with the UN Foundation.

A new analysis has found barely 30 countries worldwide committed to reducing antibiotic use through improved hygiene.

Researchers studied the action plans developed in 151 countries – out of 195 – and concluded that just half addressed the full extent of the threat across human and animal health and the environment.

They warn that within a generation ten million people a year could die from drug-resistant infections if the problem is not tackled.

Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar said: “Political and societal recognition of the threat superbugs pose has definitely increased. But the progress is fragile. We need to make sure we all convert that welcome high-level commitment into real action that makes a tangible difference to people lives.”

English chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “Superbugs will be a defining medical challenge of our age, and despite knowing about the problem for decades we have still not made enough progress to address it.”

Tags: Africa | Asia | Europe | MRSA & Hygiene | Pharmaceuticals | UK News

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