Antibiotic resistance-the need for global solutions.
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The causes of antibiotic resistance are complex and include human behaviour at many levels of society; the consequences affect everybody in the world. Similarities with climate change are evident. Many efforts have been made to describe the many different facets of antibiotic resistance and the interventions needed to meet the challenge. However, coordinated action is largely absent, especially at the political level, both nationally and internationally. Antibiotics paved the way for unprecedented medical and societal developments, and are today indispensible in all health systems. Achievements in modern medicine, such as major surgery, organ transplantation, treatment of preterm babies, and cancer chemotherapy, which we today take for granted, would not be possible without access to effective treatment for bacterial infections. Within just a few years, we might be faced with dire setbacks, medically, socially, and economically, unless real and unprecedented global coordinated actions are immediately taken. Here, we describe the global situation of antibiotic resistance, its major causes and consequences, and identify key areas in which action is urgently needed.
Drug Resistance, Microbial
Health Services Needs and Demand
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70318-9
Publication InfoBergstrom, R; Bhutta, ZA; Bigdeli, M; Brown, ED; Cars, O; Coates, A; ... Zaidi, Anita K (2013). Antibiotic resistance-the need for global solutions. Lancet Infect Dis, 13(12). pp. 1057-1098. 10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70318-9. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8996.
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Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Dr. Anthony So joined Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in 2004 as director of a new Program on Global Health and Technology Access. The program focuses on issues of globalization and health, particularly innovation and access to essential medicines for those in developing countries. The program works as the Strategic Policy Unit for ReAct, a global coalition dedicated to combating antibiotic resistance. Dr. So's research on the ownership of knowledge and how it is best h