About the Book
Antibiotic resistance, now widened to be called antimicrobial resistance, is the world’s greatest public health risk and threat. We are now so used to using antibiotics that it is almost unthinkable what would happen to our state of health if there were none available. Or if the antibiotics don’t work anymore.
Health leaders are sounding the alarm bell. The Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom has warned of a looming “catastrophe” so widespread that we would be back to a pre-antibiotic era when many diseases could not be treated. The World Health Organisation’s then Director General has said the world is heading towards a post-antibiotics era in which common infections such as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill. It may even bring the end of modern medicine. And heads of states and governments in 2016 adopted a landmark Political Declaration recognising that antibiotic resistance is the “greatest and most urgent global risk”.
This book is a collection of articles written over two decades, tracing the antimicrobial resistance problem as it evolved through the years into a full blown crisis. It also contains the author’s speaking notes at the UN General Assembly summit-level special event on AMR. It provides news and opinions in popular language on various aspects of AMR, as the problem emerged and then developed into the present day public health catastrophe.
II Dangers of Modern Animal Farm and Antibiotic Resistance
III Revamp Needed of Livestock
IV The Dangers of Antibiotics in Animal Feed
V “Super Germs” Causing Global Health Crisis
VI The Threat of New Diseases
VII Diseases Emerge as Germs Break “Species Barriers”
VIII Scientists Warn of Genetic Engineering Link to Antibiotic Resistance
IX Irrational Drug Use Causing Rise of Anti-Microbial Resistance
X World Health Assembly Reviews World’s Health Problems
XI Alert on New Untreatable Diseases
XII New Super-Bugs a Threat to Human Life
XIII Worrisome Rise of Super Malaria
XIV Drug Resistance Now a “Catastrophe”
XV When Drugs Don’t Work Anymore
XVI WHO Sounds Alarm Bell on Antibiotic Resistance
XVII State of the World’s Health
XVIII Action to Use Medicines Wisely
XIX Antibiotic Resistance: A Global Plan at Last
XX Super Drug-Resistant Gene Raises New Health Alarm
XXI World Leaders Pledge Action to Control Superbugs
XXII Action Needed to Avoid the End of Modern Medicine
XXIII Super Bugs are Super Dangerous
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