Experts Demand a Body Like IPCC to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Experts Demand a Body Like IPCC to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance
  • There is a demand for coordinating global response on growing resistance among pathogens to antibiotics and other drugs to address climate change.
  • The world faces a future in which a treatable simple infections become deadly diseases without an international commitment to tackle them.
  • Establishing a powerful global organisation akin to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to address the same isrequired.
  • Resistance to antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs is spreading.Treatment is now reliant on just one or two drugs.
  • The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance is because it is a natural process exacerbated by human activity with actions of one country threatening to have global ramifications.
  • This threat is caused by the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial drugs. 
  • The proposed organisation should work closely with national governments and international agencies:
    • To set strict evidence-based targets, to stem the loss of drug potency and speed the development of new therapies.
    • Identifying key knowledge gaps,assessing viable short- and long-term solutions.
    • Setting out road maps for sustainable control of disease-causing microbes.
    • Support studies to investigate dosing regimes that stall resistance
    • Coordinate incentives for developing new types of antimicrobial and set targets for prescriptions and animal use.
  • Treatment for cancer and diabetes,organ transplants, would be impossible in a world without antibiotics.
  • Industrial agriculture will suffer owing to the increased use of antibiotics in animals as growth promoters.
  • WHO has missed opportunities to provide leadership, and very little progress has been made thus far.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  2. Antibiotic Resistance
  3. Carbapenems
  4. WHO