Antimicrobial resistance

Visual of gonorrhoea virus

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.

Antimicrobial resistance

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.

A pharmacist holds a box of medicines to a client as other two boxes lay on the counter

Essential Medicines List updated with new advice on antibiotics

9 June 2017 – New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for serious circumstances is among additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and leukaemia. The model list is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations.


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.

Resources and publications

Join our online discussion forum

Are you developing/implementing a national action plan to address antimicrobial resistance? Would you welcome an opportunity for informal peer-to-peer discussions and/or access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges?

Resistance in disease and areas

Blood test of a newborn baby, Hospital No 9, Moscow, Russia.

Call for consultants

Call for an Agreement for Performance of Work (APW): Understanding options to increase investment in national action plans on antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries

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Contact information:

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