WHO European strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance: How to preserve antibiotics
24 August 2014
14 October 2014
28 July 2015 (online)
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 . 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.