Antimicrobial resistance

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New WHO report confirms world is running out of antibiotics

19 September 2017 - A new WHO report finds that very few antibiotics currently in development address the serious and growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. The report shows a lack of potential treatment options for drug-resistant tuberculosis and 12 other classes of priority pathogens identified by WHO. Tuberculosis is responsible for about 250 000 deaths a year and some of the other pathogens, such as GRAM-negatives, can kill patients in just a few days due to the lack of treatment options.

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Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed

7 July 2017 – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, as gonorrhoea is more common in lower-income countries.

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Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) has published the new guidance on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in foodborne bacteria. Addressing antimicrobial resistance from the food chain requires multisectoral One Health approach. Similar to 2013 guidance, the present revised guidance provides the basic information that countries need in order to establish programmes of integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria by using a step-by-step approach.

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Global database for Antimicrobial Resistance Country Self-Assessment

WHO, FAO and OIE have launched the Global database for Antimicrobial Resistance Country Self-Assessment. For the first time, status of countries regarding the actions taken to implement the global action plan to address antimicrobial resistance is now available in an open access global tripartite database. All responses to the country self-assessment questionnaire sent out in 2016 can be found in the database with answers visualized through maps and in table form.

Save the date: World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

February 2017 - This year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 13 to 19 November. WHO is encouraging all Member States, health partners and students, and the public to join this campaign and help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.



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Call for consultants

Call for an Agreement for Performance of Work (APW): The AMR Secretariat is seeking an individual to make recommendations on enhancing the focus on Gender, Equity and Human Rights (GER) in WHO support to Member States on implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

The AMR Secretariat Surveillance team is seeking applications for the production of a draft technical note on the application of molecular methods to support implementation of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance.


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Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat ¦ World Health Organization, Avenue Appia 20, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland ¦ Email: whoamrsecretariat@who.int