Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance, also referred to as Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR), is a form of drug resistance whereby some bacterial species are able to survive after exposure to one or more antibiotics. Pathogens resistant to multiple antibiotics are considered multidrug resistant (MDR) or, more colloquially, superbugs.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing phenomenon in contemporary medicine and has emerged as one of the pre-eminent public health concerns of the 21st century, in particular as it pertains to pathogenic organisms (the term is especially relevant to organisms that cause disease in humans). A World Health Organization report released April 30, 2014 states, "this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health."

Updates
The paediatric TB project in Dushanbe starts its first patient on a new treatment, and more about...
Video
Yemen: Healthcare services far from stable; Nigeria: Insufficient aid for the displaced in...
Press release
“People in poor and wealthy countries alike are now finding that the medicines they need either don...
Press release
“The pneumonia vaccine is the world’s best-selling vaccine, and last year alone, Pfizer brought in...
Press release
MSF is disappointed that the solutions proposed by the G7 will not address these failures head-on,...
Press release
“There was no significant difference in likelihood of nutritional recovery with amoxicillin versus...
Interview
Interview with Tetyana Pylypenko, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Team Leader. "The project...
Month in Focus
Yemen: Ceaseless fighting; South Sudan: Humanitarian crisis worsens; Iraq: "We'll never go home";...
Report
A survey of eight countries reveals that efforts to control the epidemic are out of step with...
Press release
Out of Step DR-TB Report BARCELONA, Spain — Outmoded policies and practices and critical gaps...
Month in Focus
Ebola in Liberia, Mental Healthcare, Iraq IDPs, Antibiotic resistance, Malnutrition
Article
Regional health experts agree on steps to address growing concern
Coverage
Doctors and medical experts on Sunday highlighted the need for joint efforts to extend the lifespan...
Medical publications
Highly Drug-Resistant Pathogens Implicated in Burn-Associated Bacteremia in an Iraqi Burn Care Unit