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WHO: United Nations will organize high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance in September 2016
WHO informs that global leaders will meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2016 to commit to fighting antimicrobial resistance together. According to WHO this is only the fourth time in the history of the UN that a health topic is discussed at the General Assembly. Heads of State and Heads of Delegations are expected to address the seriousness and scope of the situation and to agree on sustainable, multisectoral approaches to addressing antimicrobial resistance.
WHO states that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become one of the biggest threats to global health. All around the world, many common infections are becoming resistant to the antimicrobial medicines used to treat them, resulting in longer illnesses and more deaths. At the same time, not enough new antimicrobial drugs, especially antibiotics, are being developed to replace older and increasingly ineffective ones.
Reference: WHO. United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance. http://who.int/drugresistance/events/UNGA-meeting-amr-sept2016/en/
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