What happens when drugs stop working?
Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microbes are always changing to ensure their survival. Some have adapted so well to medical treatment that drugs commonly used to prevent or kill them are no longer effective. These microbes cause drug-resistant infections. Their ability to survive medicines used against them is called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In the case of bacterial pathogens, for which antibiotics are the most common and important drugs available for treatment, we speak of antibiotic resistance (ABR).
5 minutes to explain- antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic resistance is set to be one of this century’s major public health challenges. Few people are aware of this issue, which is also poorly documented. A report commissioned by the British government in 2016 estimated that as many as 10 million people could die from an antibiotic resistant infection by the year 2050. In this 5 minutes to explain , we look at the issues surrounding antibiotic resistance on a global scale, but also for MSF, and how are teams are tackling this enormous challenge in the countries we work.
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MSF Field Research
We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. All of these articles can be found on our dedicated Field Research website.