A growing Threat
The world is losing one of its most powerful tools in healthcare: antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs.
The reason: the rapid rise of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. This occurs when bacteria evolve and become resistant to existing medications. Infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. AMR is now a leading global killer and a looming economic catastrophe.
People killed annually by AMR infections
1 in 5
AMR-associated deaths occur in children under age 5
Estimated annual AMR deaths in 2050
Potential cost of AMR to global economy by 2050
People potentially pushed into extreme poverty due to AMR by 2050
A Menace to Modern Medicine
Antimicrobials are a cornerstone of modern medicine that have saved many millions of lives and alleviated untold suffering. But the rise of AMR imperils patients and jeopardizes clinicians’ ability to safely provide a wide range of care, from performing surgery and organ transplantations to treating cancer and delivering babies.
A Paucity of Investment and Innovation
Because new antimicrobials are used sparingly, companies struggle to recoup their investments. As a result, private investment into the field is low and several biotechs have gone bankrupt in recent years after successfully developing new antibiotics.