One of the most pressing health concerns facing humans today is antibiotic resistance. The overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which has led the World Health Organization to warn of a “post-antibiotic era”.
The threat of antibiotic resistance is a global issue. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than two million people are already falling ill as a result each year, and warn that “potentially catastrophic consequences” could result unless prompt action is taken. The Chief Medical Officer in the United Kingdom, Dame Sally Davies, recently spoke of an “apocalyptic scenario” in the near future where people going for simple operations die of routine infections “because we have run out of antibiotics”.
The Foundation’s approach is twofold. We coordinate epidemiological research with governments and the public and private sectors to contribute to a global public health action plan. In addition, we are working with the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and other NGOs to promote better legislation for appropriate use of antibiotics on humans and other animals.