ANTIMICROBIAL resistance (AMR) is a global concern. It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all sectors of society.
AMR is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that was originally effective for treatment of infections caused by it. Without effective anti-infective treatment, many standard medical treatments will fail or turn into very high risk procedures.
AMR is present in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms emerge and spread globally. It threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi.
In early December, the Public Health Agency of Sweden hosted representatives from 30 countries when they attended the high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance, together with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Sweden and the World Health Organization (WHO).