Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes an estimated 700,000 deaths annually worldwide, and every country is potentially affected. If not properly addressed, the number could grow to 10 million per year by 2050.
Causes of antimicrobial resistance
AMR occurs when bacteria and other microbes adapt and become less susceptible to medical treatment.
While much attention is focused on the improper use of antimicrobials, there is increasing evidence that medicine quality is another significant factor. Medicines with a lower dose of the active ingredient can lead to resistance. Strategies aimed at addressing antimicrobial resistance include ensuring broad access to affordable medicines, proper stewardship of existing antimicrobial treatments, investments in the development of new treatments. Medicine quality underpins all three.