As a member of the AMR stakeholder network EUROCAM works on tackling AMR together.
In the roadmap, 5 key strategies are formulated to tackle this global health threat because we must act now!
Superbugs cost the lives of nearly 90 people every day in the EU and the EEA. A serious threat to patient safety, AMR crosses national borders and endangers many healthcare interventions, including life-saving surgical procedures and cancer treatments. The development and spread of multidrug resistance have far-reaching and potentially life-threatening consequences for humans, animals and the environment, and jeopardises the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We require immediate action and commitment from EU and national policy-makers to tackle this urgent public health crisis.
If no action is taken AMR could:
- Cause 10 million deaths per year worldwide by 2050.
- Push 24 million people into extreme poverty globally by 2030.
- Cost the health systems of EU/EAA countries a total of USD PPP 60 billion between 2015 and 2050.
- Causes livestock production to decline, particularly in low-income countries, by a possible 11% loss by 2050.
AMR can only be addressed through a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating human and animal health as well as environmental perspectives. EU and national decision-makers must, therefore, adopt a true ‘One Health’ approach in their actions to tackle AMR, requiring better coordination between Member State Ministries, Commission Directorates, EU agencies and European Parliament Committees.
Tackling AMR and the full implementation of the EU One Health Action Plan against AMR, are key health priorities of the 2019 – 2024 European Commission. For Europe to become a global leader and best practice region on AMR the EU must demonstrate ambition, leadership and policy coherence between all AMR-related areas, ensuring that political and policy priorities are translated into action and have a lasting impact.
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