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10 facts on antimicrobial resistance

Poster for World Health Day 2011

WHO calls on stakeholders to combat drug resistance

The threat from drug resistance is increasing. There is a need for urgent action; everyone must play a part. At the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015, Member States endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance. The goal of the draft global action plan is to ensure, for as long as possible, continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality-assured, used in a responsible way, and accessible to all who need them. Countries have been encouraged to develop national action plans to help achieve the global action plan objectives. So far 79 countries have national action plans, and a further 49 countries are in the process of developing a plan.

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