Drug resistant superbugs – part 2

This post is the second in a series on Drug Resistant Superbugs.

Medicine is losing the capacity to treat infections that rely on antimicrobial drugs. Some of these infections cause serious diseases, such as gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. For the Global Risk Report on August 8th, 2013, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization (WHO), addressed the dangers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on human health.

In the video below, Dr. Fukuda explains why AMR is a heavy burden for health systems and with no imminent solution in sight, some systems could collapse. Science alone cannot tackle the AMR problem. Dr. Fukuda calls for various sectors, disciplines, businesses and companies to come together and bring innovative ideas and solutions to the table. At the community level, people need to be educated on AMR so that the right choices are made when someone in the family is sick.

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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