The growing threat of AMR
Bacterial infections can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antimicrobial resistant pathogens are one of the biggest global health threats faced by society. A growing list of infections are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat, as antibiotics become less and less effective. In parallel to the rapidly increasing number of drug-resistant bacteria, the number of newly discovered antibiotic classes decreased steadily since 1980 leading the field of antibiotic research into a so called “discovery-void”. Diseases caused by drug-resistant bacteria already kill around 700,000 people each year, and it is estimated that this could swell to 10 million by 2050, if no action is taken. This is even more than the number of people that die from cancer every year worldwide.