Today a landmark declaration agreeing to combat antimicrobial resistance has been signed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly.
The agreement follows a worldwide campaign led by Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to highlight the threat posed to modern medicine by antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The UK’s £369 million investment in international AMR surveillance and research programmes includes £50 million in Research Council investments.
Dr Helen Lambert is the ESRC’s AMR Research Champion. Here she suggests that stigmatising low-income countries won’t help get global consensus on tackling AMR.
In the run up to the UN Global Assembly’s high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (21 September 2016), lobbying by European policymakers is stepping up a gear.
The meeting is seen as a unique opportunity to make a concrete impact on measures to stem the rise of drug-resistant infections at global level.