New antibiotics needed for 12 families of bacteria
27 February 2017 – WHO’s list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" include bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is intended to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics in an effort to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.
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.
Update of WHO Model List of Essential Medicines
January 2017 - The Expert Committee on the Selection & Use of Essential Medicines will revise & update the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines including Essential Medicines for Children. Applications to be considered are now available for public review and comment.
Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion
25 November 2016 – Since 2012, countries across the Greater Mekong Subregion have reported a sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths. But the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. A new report from WHO offers a set of tried-and-tested approaches that can help countries countries end transmission of this deadly disease.
New WHO guidelines to support AMR prevention
15 November 2016 - WHO launches guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national and acute health care facility level. It aims to support countries as they develop and execute their national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) action plans, among other aspects of health system strengthening.
Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection
3 November 2016 - People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines from WHO that aim to save lives, cut costs and arrest the spread of superbugs.
At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance
September 2016 - World leaders signaled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of drug-resistant infections at the United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance. For the first time, Heads of State committed to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of AMR across multiple sectors, especially human health, animal health and agriculture.
Superbugs: Why we need action now
September 2016 – A commentary on the need for concerted and immediate action to tackle antimicrobial resistance by Dr Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health, Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.
In September 2016, there was a United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance at the General Assembly in New York. Global leaders met to commit to leading the fight against antimicrobial 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.
About antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
- Fact sheet on antimicrobial resistance
- Fact sheet on antibiotic resistance
- Questions and answers on AMR
- 10 Facts on antimicrobial resistance
- Q&A: Why is vaccination important for addressing antibiotic resistance?
- Q&A: What is multidrug-resistant tuberculosis?
Global action plan (GAP) on antimicrobial resistance
Implementation of the global action plan
- Awareness and education
- Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance
- Infection prevention and control
- Optimal use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health
- R&D and investment
National action plans
News and media
UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance
WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant TB alongside newly-prioritized antibiotic-resistant pathogens
WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed
WHO recommends 29 ways to stop surgical infections and avoid superbugs
Resources and publications
- National action plan manual
- Antibiotic resistance: Multi-country public awareness survey
- Worldwide country situation analysis: response to antimicrobial resistance
- Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014
- Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System Manual for Early Implementation
Call for consultants
The AMR Secretariat is seeking consultants to assist in the areas of AMR surveillance and monitoring.
AMR in the WHO Regions
- Meeting of the WHO AMR Surveillance and Quality Assessment Collaborating Centres Network - 13-14 December 2016
- 2nd Meeting of the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) Collaborative Platform - 15-16 December 2016
- Antimicrobial Resistance: How to Foster Innovation, Access and Appropriate Use of Antibiotics? - 25 October 2016