Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to global health. AMR means that microorganisms (bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi) are increasingly resistant to the drugs used for their treatment, known as antimicrobials. Although AMR occurs naturally through genetic changes, it is amplified by improper use of these drugs.
Antimicrobial resistance has effects on people's daily lives that are often not easily noticed. Microorganisms begin not to respond to medications, infections become more difficult to treat, the severity of symptoms increases, health systems need to provide more care, and people face a greater risk of death.
The development of antimicrobial resistance is not a phenomenon that concerns only human health. Areas such as livestock, agricultural production, and the environment are also involved, making AMR containment a challenge that must include these sectors.
Malbrán Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Antimicrobial Service is located. PH: World Health Organization