Antimicrobial resistance is arguably the most serious public health threat of our time. Previously, we have been able to combat resistance by developing new drugs. But now, we are facing a dry pipeline of new antibiotics – that means infections that are treatable will once again kill. Preventing infection through improved sanitation and hygiene is one of five objectives in the Global Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance.
Learn more about WHO’s work on wastewater, sanitation and Antimicrobial Resistance:
- World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017
- Infographic on sanitation and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
- A short interview on the links between WASH and AMR
- Information sheet on AMR and sanitation/wastewater in health facilities.
- Additional information on sanitation in health facilities.
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