Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are substances that kill or stop the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Antibiotics are specifically used to target the bacteria responsible for an infection or disease and are commonly used in veterinary and human medicine. However, the emergence of resistant bacteria due to continued, and sometimes indiscriminate, use of antimicrobials in humans and animals poses a serious risk to public health. The challenge is to minimise the threat from antimicrobial resistance and to ensure that antimicrobial effectiveness is preserved for health. For it, appropriate and responsible use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, is urgently required by all.


What is antibiotic resistance and how does it spread? (Infographic)

01 December 2016

How does resitant bacteria spread? Our infographic gives you the breakdown on antibiotic resistance.


Antimikrobielle Resistenz: eine gemeinsame Verantwortung

16 October 2013

Die Entstehung und Ausbreitung von Mikroben, die gegenüber preiswerten Standardmedikamenten resistent sind, ist eine unvermeidliche Folge des anhaltenden - und manchmal wahllosen - Gebrauchs von antimikrobiellen Substanzen bei Mensch und Tier...