Guest Editorial

The World Health Organization Global Action Plan for antimicrobial resistance

Marc Mendelson, Malebona Precious Matsoso


If our overuse and misuse of antibiotics is not halted now, about 10 million people will die annually from drug-resistant bacterial infections within 35 years. The hammer blow will fall hardest on Africa and Asia, accounting for 4.1 and 4.7 million deaths, respectively, and the world’s economy will lose more than 7% of its gross domestic product (USD210 trillion) by 2050. These numbers should make people sit up, listen and change behaviour. 

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

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

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Antimicrobial resistance; World Health Organization Global Action Plan

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(5):325. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9644

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Date submitted: 2015-09-17
Date published: 2015-09-17

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