Water sanitation hygiene

Antimicrobial resistance

Illustration of drugs and pills
WHO/Sergey Volkov

Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance genes are common and widespread contaminants of faecal wastes and water. Ensuring universal access to sanitation, hygiene and safe water in households, health facilities and schools remains a priority preventive public health measure to prevent many infections including those that require antibiotic treatment. WHO works on improving surveillance approaches to better understand and address the risks associated with the presence of antimicrobial resistance contaminants in the environment.

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