A new platform has been launched around the world to take emergency measures to prevent pathogens from becoming drug-resistant and to ensure the availability of all effective drugs that are important in the future.
The platform was launched on Friday in a joint venture of three specialized organizations at the international level.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been nominated as the co-chair of the ‘One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance’, a platform of top leaders from around the world. She will be joined by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which works around the world to prevent animal diseases, have played a joint role in building the platform.
The group will work to implement emergency measures to combat the growing antimicrobial resistance. The group includes heads of government and ministers from around the world, as well as top representatives of the private sector and civil society.
These world-renowned members will use their leadership and influence to ensure the availability of antimicrobial drugs. At the same time, they will draw the world’s attention to the serious consequences of becoming resistant to antibiotics. Besides, the members of the platform will also help to take emergency measures against ‘antimicrobial resistance’.
The platform has started its journey in the celebration of ‘Antimicrobial Awareness Week’ around the world. The platform was created on the advice of the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and with the support of the UN Secretary-General.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described the growing threat of drug-resistant germs as the world’s most pressing threat. He described the situation as “very serious” for the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment.
The UN Secretary-General said the situation could jeopardize food security, international trade, economic development and the progress made in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The cost of health care, hospitalization, medical failure, severity of illness and death would increase if pathogens became resistant to drugs,” he also warned.