Bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are evolving to outsmart the drugs used to kill them. Without action, we risk entering an era where routine medical interventions could become life-threatening.
Scientists call this process antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Although AMR is a naturally occurring phenomenon, the way we are using these drugs is making it worse.
If nothing is done, modern medicine could enter a post-antibiotic era where routine medical interventions become life-threatening, and life-saving treatments become useless.
Tackling AMR requires collaboration among those responsible for managing risks to the health of humans, animals and the environment. This is called the One Health approach.