Marina Joubert (Science Communication Researcher, Stellenbosch University), Phaik Yeong Cheah (Professor of Global Health, MORU) and Sonia Lewycka (Epidemiologist, OUCRU) post an article in The Conversation for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week, which aims to improve awareness and understanding.
AMR is a global issue, but there are some regional differences. Most human deaths from antimicrobial resistance occur in sub-Saharan Africa; drug resistance is a growing concern in malaria and tuberculosis in these regions. Low-income environments often go hand in hand with the use of cheap antimicrobials that may be of poor quality or even falsified. These create the ideal conditions for resistance to emerge.
Everybody is exposed, everywhere, and the global response needs to be fair to all. The three authors are part of the Global Convening Programme, set up by the British Academy, that looks into solutions to this problem that are fair and inclusive, emphasizing equity and sustainability in the fight against this silent killer.