WHO OKs Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

World Health Organization officials endorse a global strategy to combat the spread of antibiotic resistance.

By Tracy Vence | May 27, 2015

PIXABAY, STOKPICDuring their annual assembly held in Geneva this week, World Health Organization (WHO) officials green-lighted a sweeping plan to slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

“Through adoption of the global plan, governments all committed to have in place, by May 2017, a national action plan on antimicrobial resistance that is aligned with the global action plan,” WHO noted in a May 25 statement. The international strategy involves education, surveillance, incidence reduction, treatment optimization, and investment in antimicrobial resistance research.

“Globally this is a really big issue,” Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, told NPR’s Goats and Soda. “We are seeing the same patterns of resistance basically occur everywhere.”

Although the WHO has strengthened its commitment to fighting antibiotic resistance, in an interview with The New York Times this week (May 25), England’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies said, “we may be a bit late. . . . If you look at the trajectories of rising antimicrobial resistance, increasing use of antibiotics, and a lack of new antibiotics, this could be a catastrophe.”

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You



Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo


Avatar of: Livingantbiotics


Posts: 1

May 29, 2015

Interesting...Heres one possible solution based om many years of research in Sweden.


Have a good day

May 31, 2015

A major part of this problem is our focus on destroying the enemy. That focus will elicit resistance whereever it is used. Just as Kalev Sepp has found when looking at insurgencies and Paul Ewald has found when looking at infectious diseases we are better off containing the problem by addressing its roots (in insurrections) and limiting bacterial spread and adherence in infectious disease. Properly used inexpensive sugar alcohols have been shown to do just that in the case of our largest infectious disease--caries--and the potential is there for nasal use as well--where most infections originate.

Popular Now

  1. Elena Rybak-Akimova, Chemical Kinetics Expert, Dies
  2. University of Oregon Erecting a $1-Billion Science Center
  3. Investigation Finds Signs of Misconduct in Swedish Researcher’s Papers
  4. Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s <em>BRCA</em> Test