When Essential Medicines Fail: Prioritizing Antimicrobial Resistance in Health Service Delivery

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Since the 1940s, antimicrobial agents substantially reduced mortality from infectious diseases. During the past several decades, however, the extensive use, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in both the human and animal sectors has resulted increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) levels worldwide. In 2014, WHO published its first global report on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, with data provided by 114 countries.

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