Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) develop the ability to continue to grow, even when they are exposed to antimicrobial medicines that are meant to kill them or limit their growth (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics).
As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spreading to others.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated from 18-24 November every year to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance. The 2022 theme is 'Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together'. It encourages all sectors to use antimicrobials prudently, to work together and strengthen preventive measures addressing AMR.
While antimicrobial resistance refers to all microbes that resist treatments designed to destroy them. Antibiotic resistance specifically deals with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
As many as 1 in 5 cancer patients undergoing treatment are hospitalised due to infection and antibiotics are the main line of defence. In fact, infection is the second leading cause of death in patients with cancer.
UICC has prepared ready-made social media messages and posts to help our members and the cancer community raise awareness during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a major threat to global human health. The threat is particularly concerning for cancer patients. #AMR @uicc
The significant progress made in successfully treating many common cancers is being undermined by the growing threat of #AMR as cancer patients are 3x more likely to die from a fatal infection than those who do not have cancer. @uicc
By 2050, ten million people could die as a direct result of drug-resistant infections and cost a cumulative $100 trillion of economic output – if we don’t act now. @uicc #AMR
Drug resistance is one of the most serious health threats facing humanity. By 2050 it could cause 10 million deaths per year and cost a cumulative $100 trillion in economic output - if we don’t act now. @uicc #AMR
What can you do to prevent antimicrobial resistance?