World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

From the 18th to the 24th of November, the United Nations’ food and agriculture, animal health, and public health agencies are organising a series of activities to raise awareness about the use of antimicrobial drugs and the challenges presented by antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Some key facts from the FAO:

  • Around 700 000 human deaths each year are related to AMR
  • Without action, by 2050, the global economy may lose more than USD 6 trillion annually because of AMR – nearly 4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). For context, that is not far off from losing the entire GDP of India every year.
  • In just ten years, 24 million more people may be forced into extreme poverty due to AMR – many in low-income countries – increasing the number of hungry people and suffering from malnutrition.

For more information about what’s happening this week and additional materials, take a look at the FAO’s dedicated webpage: Click here

And if you’d like to join the discussion on social media, you can do so with the hashtags #AntimicrobialResistance #AMR.

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