Antimicrobial Resistance content hub

UICC resources and information on antimicrobial resistance

This page regroups important resources on antimicrobial resistance, material for UICC's members and partners, infographics, videos and other important documents and links.

The threat of antimicrobial resistance to cancer treatment and survival is a priority for UICC. Currently, knowledge and awareness of the impact of antimicrobial resistance on cancer outcomes within the cancer community is low. It is urgent that oncology professionals, cancer advocates, programme managers, patient groups and other stakeholders working in the field of cancer understand and address the factors that contribute to the development and spread of AMR and strategies for infection control.

In this regard, UICC will develop information to increase awareness and support the cancer community to come together and drive policy change, taking forward the WHO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

AMR Infographics and graphs

How antibiotic resistance develops

Antibiotics get less effective

Antibiotics help our bodies to kill the types of bacteria that make us sick.

Antibiotic resistance

Some of the bacteria that make us sick get better at defending themselves against antibiotics, meaning resistant bacteria are harder to kill. This is called antibiotic resistance.​

Antibiotics help our bodies to kill bacteria that makes us sick

The resistant bacteria start to multiply, making our antibiotics less and less effective.

Image source: PHARMAC, NZ - https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/keepantibioticsworking/

Causes of antimicrobial resistance

AMR news & blogs

Woman undergoing cancer treatment at FUCAM in Mexico. Photo by Adán Jardón (c) UICC 2021.
24 November 2021
Blog

Drug-resistant infections are undermining cancer care: better global data can save more lives

Closing World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November), Gemma Buckland-Merrett explains how better global data can support action to curb drug-resistant infections and save modern medicine.

Dr Manica Balasegaram, Executive Director of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) and Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC
22 November 2021
News

In Conversation: The importance of antibiotics for people with cancer

Dressed in blue to mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Dr Cary Adams and Dr Manica Balasegaram analyse the growing resistance of microbes to the drugs designed to kill them, what this means for cancer patients often exposed to them, and what actions can be taken in response.

Cancer patient in hospital receiving treatment from a caregiver. Photo by Adán Jardón at INCAN, Mexico.
19 November 2021
Blog

Could the best chemotherapy be an antimicrobial drug?

Marking the beginning of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Anna Zorzet and Scott Howard make the case that often the most important treatment for people with cancer are the drugs that cure their infections.

Bacteria Staphylococcus aureus on the surface of skin or mucous membrane. Staphylococcus aureus can be highly resistance to antibiotics.
30 July 2021
Blog

Improving tools for combatting antimicrobial resistance

Diane Flayart at UICC's partner BD looks at common needs and interventions for COVID-19 and AMR and how to apply learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic to the global challenge of drug-resistant infections.

Virtual meeting of the 74th World Health Assembly
10 June 2021
News

The 74th World Health Assembly focuses on resilience and equity

At WHA74, participants examined the global response to COVID-19, future pandemic preparedness, equitable access to medicines, social determinants of health and antimicrobial resistance.

Person holding a blister pack of medicine
17 May 2021
News

Cancer treatment threatened by increasingly ineffective antimicrobial drugs

As pathogens become ever more resistant to antimicrobial drugs such as antibiotics, people living with cancer run a growing risk of adverse treatment outcomes, including death from an infection, even though their cancer is treatable.

AMR external documents & links

Useful links for further reading

 

Last update: 
Monday 1 November 2021
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