The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global threat to human and animal health and largely driven by the abundant mis- and overuse of antimicrobial drugs. In veterinary medicine, the use of antimicrobials has improved animal health, welfare and the efficiency of production.
Use of antimicrobials in animals has been linked with AMR in humans and some antimicrobials applied in veterinary medicine are critically important for the treatment of life-threatening infections in humans. Food-producing animals in particular are considered to be a major source of AMR, because of the large amounts of antibiotics used both to treat and to prevent infection.
In order to reduce antibiotic usage in production animals, alternatives to antimicrobials (ATAs) have been shown to improve animal health and include vaccines, probiotics, prebiotics, bacteriophages and organic acids. A continued effort in research and development of new antimicrobials, alternative treatments and vaccines in support of the fight against AMR is critical.
The Global AMR R&D Hub Dynamic Dashboard provides information on AMR R&D activities and resources and assists in the efficient allocation of resources and helps to maximise the impact of research activities and efforts.