The quest against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): what does this mean for you and FAO?

Can you imagine a day when antibiotics do not work anymore and antibiotics that we depend upon for treating skin and ear infections to life-threatening bloodstream infections no longer work? Unfortunately, the threat of untreatable infections is very real and the widespread overuse and incorrect practices in human and animal production are linked to driving the ever-increasing drug resistance. FAO is on the forefront together with WHO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in the quest against Antimicrobial Resistance.

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The role of agriculture in preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance
18 April 2017

Public health and sustainable food production are facing a serious global threat today: the increasing spread of Antimicrobial Resistance. Antimicrobial Resistance refers to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that become resistant to anti-microbial drugs.

How do microbes become resistant? Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are used to kill or stop microbes from growing in humans, animals and plants.

Antimicrobial Resistance can occur naturally over time, but overuse and misuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans and in agriculture speed up the development of Antimicrobial Resistance.

As a result, the medicines we use to treat common infections are becoming less and less powerful or even useless.

How does Antimicrobial Resistance spread? Microbes that are resistant to anti-microbials can be found in people, animals, food, water and the environment.

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At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance
3 October 2016

21 SEPTEMBER 2016 | NEW YORK - World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. read more...


 
World Rabies Day 28 September 2016 Joint Statement World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) EDUCATE, VACCINATE, ELIMINATE: Achieving zero human deaths from d

Today, on the occasion of World Rabies Day, WHO, OIE and FAO are calling on countries to accelerate efforts to combat rabies in three steps: EDUCATE by raising awareness of rabies among at-risk populations

VACCINATE by implementing large-scale dog vaccination and ensuring prompt delivery of post-exposure treatment to humans in areas at risk of rabies ELIMINATE

by targeting a world free from dog-mediated human rabies deaths by 2030

28 September 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are reiterating their call for a world free from human rabies transmitted by dogs by 2030. This year’s theme – Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate – outlines the key steps required to attain this goal in line with the global vision endorsed at the WHO/OIE Global Rabies Conference organized in collaboration with FAO and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control held in December 2015.

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