AMR Responsible for 5 million Annual Global Deaths

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A recent study showed that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is responsible for a massive 5 million deaths annually.

Results demonstrated that “if all drug-resistant infections were replaced by no infection, 4.95 million deaths could have been prevented in 2019, whereas if all drug-resistant infections were replaced by drug-susceptible infections, 1.27 million deaths could have been prevented”.

“antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is responsible for a massive 5 million deaths annually“

The highest rate of AMR-related deaths (27.3 per 100,000) was found in western Sub-Saharan Africa where statistics showed almost 28 deaths per 100 thousand. The lowest rate was seen in Australasia with between 6 and 7 deaths per 100 thousand. Over 400,000 deaths were linked to lower respiratory tract infections, with 1.5 million associated deaths globally.

The top six infections linked to AMR accounted for almost 930 thousand of the attributed fatalities and over 3.5 million associated deaths.

The studies author’s claimed that having a comprehensive grasp on AMR and the top amalgamations of pathogen and antibiotics “is crucial to making informed and location-specific policy decisions, particularly about infection prevention and control programmes, access to essential antibiotics, and research and development of new vaccines and antibiotics.”

Senior Programme Manager of Climate & Health at Wellcome Trust, Tim Jinks, explained that “the pandemic has highlighted the importance of global collaboration. Like with Covid-19, we know what needs to be done to address AMR but must now come together with a sense of urgency and global solidarity if we are to be successful.”

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