Uniting to reduce antibiotic use
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to human health globally with experts predicting that without policies in place to reduce antibiotic use, it could be responsible for 10 million deaths a year by 2050. In the UK, AMR has been placed on the Government’s national risk register alongside terrorism and pandemic ‘flu. As part of a ‘One Health’ strategy for tackling AMR in people, animals and the environment, the medical and veterinary professions were tasked with reducing inappropriate prescriptions.
A Government report published in November 2016 illustrated just how much UK farmers and vets responded to this challenge, by reducing sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals by 10% between 2014 and 2015.
The impetus has begun. But tackling AMR will require a multi-faceted approach that includes responsible use of medicines to reduce and eliminate disease, as well as seeking alternatives to immunisation, and improving hygiene and biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection in animals.
The health of future generations depends on countries uniting to share best practice and research and using antibiotics responsibly in both animals and humans. Read about farmantibiotics.org