Global group battles antimicrobial resistance with new One Health effort

The Quadripartite, a group made up of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN Environment Program, and the World Organization for Animal Health, launched a new platform to tackle the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threat to human and animal health and ecosystems called the Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform.

The platform will take a One Health approach to confronting the challenges of bacterial AMR, which causes 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year, and AMR in livestock and other animals, on which 1.3 billion people rely on for income, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

"This platform will be vital in raising the profile and urgency of addressing AMR while building and maintaining political momentum and public support," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD. "It will help to drive global coordination so that our collective response is more strategic, resource efficient and sustainable."

The platform will attempt to bring stakeholders together and on task to combat and reverse AMR in line with the Global Action Plan and National Action Plans previously published by the WHO.

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