Humane Being's S.C.R.A.P. Library
How Factory Farming Harms People, Planet and Animals

A Global Silent Pandemic

The WHO and the UN take the problem of AMR very seriously.

Antimicrobial Resistance is one of the top 10 global health threats facing humanity to the World Health Organization.

An Existential Threat

A speech to the UN
“…the silent pandemic of AMR could have consequences far more deadly than COVID In my view, it’s an existential threat as great as climate change. We must remind ourselves of what it’s like to be faced with an untreatable disease and never forget that feeling, so we don’t ever have to face it again. We need governments to recognise this and act now. And I pledge to do that We need to get better at how we use existing antibiotics, whether for humans or for animals. Because this pandemic has reminded us that when we don’t get this right, we are all vulnerable."
🔗 Source: The silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance. A speech 29th April 2021

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke at the United Nations high-level interactive dialogue on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


WHO calls for urgent action

“If no action is taken -warns the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance–drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050(surpassing cancer) and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.  By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty. Currently, at least 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases, including 230,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. More and more common diseases, including respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections, are untreatable; lifesaving medical procedures are becoming much riskier, and our food systems are increasingly precarious”.
🔗 Source: New report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisis

The reversal of modern medicine predicted in 2018

“The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria threatens to disrupt the world of modern medicine in as little as 10 20 years Most people have heard terms such as ‘antibiotic resistance’ and ‘ and have been lectured about the importance of finishing a course of antibiotics However, most do not fully realise how serious the global health threat we are currently facing Many have never dreamed of a world without one of the most fundamental lifesaving medicines What would life be like after the antibiotics apocalypse? “
🔗 Source: The antibiotic apocalypse: is antibiotic resistance reversing modern medicine?

And in 2022 there is a shortage

Antibiotics are 42 percent more likely to be in shortage compared to all other drugs, according to the latest analysis from the U.S. Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Medicine Supply Vulnerability Insights Series…Medication shortages carry the risk of more substandard and falsified versions entering the supply chain. Poor-quality medicines also drive antimicrobial resistance, especially where microorganisms in the body are exposed to sub-therapeutic doses. This situation enables pathogens to evolve and to develop resistance.
🔗 Source: Supply map highlights risks that can contribute to antimicrobial resistance

Further Answers

Did this answer your question?