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.

Antimicrobial Resistance (Q&A)

03 March 2015

An antimicrobial is the general term used for any drug that works to cure infections caused by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites...

Antimicrobial resistance: a shared responsibility

16 October 2013

The emergence and spread of microbes that are resistant to affordable “first-line” medicines is an inevitable result of their continued, and sometimes indiscriminate, use in humans and animals.