Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem. As more microbes become antibiotic resistant, we risk regressing to the pre-antibiotic era. Many countries are taking action, but more urgent, consolidated efforts are needed. On World Health Day 2011, the WHO will issue a call for action to halt the spread of antimicrobial resistance by introducing a six-point policy package for all countries to combat antimicrobial resistance.
The WHO will call on everyone, including policy-makers and planners, the public and patients, practitioners and prescribers, agricultural users, pharmacists and dispensers, and the pharmaceutical industry, to think, act and take responsibility for combating drug resistance.
For more information, go to: www.who.int/world-health-day/2011