J Pediatr Infect Dis 2014; 09(03): 127-134
DOI: 10.3233/JPI-140426
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

WHO European strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance: How to preserve antibiotics

Nienke van de Sande-Bruinsma
a  Communicable Diseases, Health Security, and Environment, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Danilo Lo Fo Wong
a  Communicable Diseases, Health Security, and Environment, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
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24 August 2014

14 October 2014

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

The impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is enormous, not only through increased health care costs, but also loss of income and loss of lives. As such, antimicrobial resistance is not only a medical issue, but also a social and economic one. In addition, the emergence of AMR does not respect borders, man-made or between animal species, therefore requiring an international effort and a comprehensive or "One Health" approach [1]. This paper describes the efforts that are being taken at WHO Regional Office for Europe to support countries in containing antibiotic resistance, based on the 7 strategic objectives of the WHO European strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance.