A global call for action to combat antimicrobial resistance: Can we get it right this time?

Marc Mendelson, Malebona Precious Matsoso


World Health Organization resolution WHA67.25 ‘Combating antimicrobial resistance including antibiotic resistance’ urges member states ‘to develop or strengthen national plans, strategies and international collaboration for the containment of antimicrobial resistance’. Such calls have been heard before. What is different this time, how do we break the mould to ensure that significant international change occurs, and how is South Africa positioning itself to respond to the call? This editorial looks at ways to approach the problem.

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Marc Mendelson, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Malebona Precious Matsoso, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa

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Antibiotic; Antimicrobial; Resistance; Infection; Prevention; Surveillance; Stewardship

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(7):478-479. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8534

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Date submitted: 2014-06-06
Date published: 2014-06-17

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