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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- WHO list of critically important antimicrobials for human medicine (CIA list) - 2017
- National action plan manual
- Antibiotic resistance: Multi-country public awareness survey
- Worldwide country situation analysis: response to antimicrobial resistance
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
Call for consultants
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