Tackling drug-resistant infections globally

The British Government engaged economist Jim O'Neill to analyse the global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and propose ways to cope with it internationally from both a social and economic point of view. O'Neill's independent report,"Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final report and recommendations has recently been released.

The report first discusses the growing problem of AMR and why action is needed. It then proposes some ways to curtail unnecessary use and increase the supply of new antimicrobials, before looking at social measures such as public awareness campaigns, improvements in sanitation and hygiene, reducing pollution, improving global surveillance and introducing rapid diagnostics and vaccines. The economic implications of innovation funds, market entry awards and global funding are also examined, as well as ways to build political and international consensus.

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