Drug resistance

The dangers of hubris on human health

8 August 2013 -- The video "The dangers of hubris on human health - the rapid emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance" is about the global heath security emergency that is arising due to emergence of microorganisms that are no longer treatable because of their resistance to virtually all available antimicrobial treatment options. The interview of Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General, was produced in relation to the release of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2013, in which one of the case studies addressed antimicrobial resistance as a global risk.

About antimicrobial resistance

Influenza illustration, Nepal.
WHO /Tom Pietrasik

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms that cause disease to withstand attack by antimicrobial medicines. From drugs used to treat common bacterial infections, to the complex combinations now fighting HIV infection, resistance is increasingly being detected and is spreading rapidly. In some parts of the world, once powerful medicines against malaria and tuberculosis have now become virtually useless. AMR is rapidly becoming a major public health risk and is threatening to undo decades of advances in our ability to treat disease. It is challenging our whole understanding of how we control communicable disease.

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