Combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Tatiana never expected to contract MRSA. No one expects an AMR diagnosis.  But AMR can strike anyone and it's becoming more common. The “I’m a resistance fighter™” campaign seeks to increase awareness of the need to combat AMR. This collective effort will foster an expanding community of leaders, organizations and individuals uniting for the common goal of combating AMR and taking personal responsibility for their role in the fight.

We invite you to join the coalition and share your story. Because all of us need to be resistance fighters.

What is AMR?

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses or protozoa) to nullify the effects of antimicrobial drugs, resulting in these drugs becoming ineffective.[1]
AMR can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.

Reference: World Health Organization. What is antimicrobial resistance? Available at http://www.who.int/features/qa/75/en/. Accessed September 26, 2018.
  • Clinicians and laboratorians

  • Professional organizations and societies

  • Academic institutions, foundations, trusts and NGOs

  • Personal testimonials

27 million people receive unnecessary antibiotics,

out of 40 million total who receive antibiotics for respiratory infections in the United States annually

AMR can affect anyone,

of any age, in any country.

C. diff caused nearly 500,000 infections

in one year, and 29,000 deaths in the United States.

AMR will potentially cause more deaths in 2050 globally

than cancer does today.

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Addressing the human health impacts of AMR will require building a strong and motivated coalition of like-minded health officials, clinicians, laboratorians, policymakers, patients and leaders who unite in a broad-reaching and concerted effort to address the wide-ranging factors and behavioral changes needed to combat this essential and enormous challenge.

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