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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT

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This is the fourth time the UNGA has given a high political profile to
health issues. HIV, Ebola and noncommunicable diseases are the
others. In September countries pledged to work within the 2015 WHO
Global Action Plan to defeat AMR2. Already the UK and US have
responded. Britain, for example, opened its centre to combat anti-
microbial resistance in May this year. It is based at Alderley Park.

WHO's strategy is:
(1) improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance;
(2) strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research;
(3) reduce the incidence of infection;
(4) optimize the use of antimicrobial agents; and
(5) ensure sustainable investment in countering AMR4.

Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.
ISBN 978 92 4 150976 3 Page 1

Resistance to antibiotics develops when bacteria grow in the presence of
antibiotics, making the antibiotic ineffective. There is more danger
when poor quality antibiotics are bought over the internet, and taken at
the wrong dosage and/or over the wrong period of time. Laws need en-
acting and enforcing to prevent such activities, says the WHO. On 21st
September world leaders pledge to do precisely that.

Threat of economic loss could be what ensures nations keep their prom-
ise. At a UK conference earlier this month former Goldman Sachs chief
economist and Conservative Party government minister, Lord Jim
O'Niell3, said the cost of not fighting the growing human and animal
resistance to antibiotics, anti-parasitics, anti-virals and anti-fungals
would cost the UK dear. He argues quantifying the losses should attract
attention from global finance ministers who plan funding. HG

SEE
1. WHO Global Action Plan on AMR (2015)
http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/drug_resistance/resources/
global_action_plan_eng.pdf______________ Accessed 24th November, 2016.
2. United Nations High Level Meeting on ant-microbial resistance.
21st September, 2016.
http://www.who.int/antimicrobial-resistance/events/UNGA-meeting-amr
-sept2016/en/ _____________Accessed 24th November, 2016.
3. Lord O'Niell was speaking at the fourth BioInfect conference, held in the Alderley Park Conference Centre on 3rd November 2016.

Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.

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