Antimicrobial resistance—a threat to the world’s sustainable development

  • Dušan Jasovský ReAct Europe, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Jasper Littmann ReAct Europe, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Anna Zorzet ReAct Europe, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Otto Cars ReAct Europe, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Keywords: Antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable development, sustainable development goals

Abstract

This commentary examines how specific sustainable development goals (SDGs) are affected by antimicrobial resistance and suggests how the issue can be better integrated into international policy processes. Moving beyond the importance of effective antibiotics for the treatment of acute infections and health care generally, we discuss how antimicrobial resistance also impacts on environmental, social, and economic targets in the SDG framework. The paper stresses the need for greater international collaboration and accountability distribution, and suggests steps towards a broader engagement of countries and United Nations agencies to foster global intersectoral action on antimicrobial resistance.

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Published
2016-07-14
How to Cite
Jasovský, D., Littmann, J., Zorzet, A., & Cars, O. (2016). Antimicrobial resistance—a threat to the world’s sustainable development. Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, 121(3), 159–164. https://doi.org/10.1080/03009734.2016.1195900
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Review Articles