Countries improving fight against antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance has been named one of the leading threat to global health in the 21st century, and countries are beginning to coordinate efforts to combat it. A recent survey reported that 105 countries currently have surveillance systems to identify and report on drug-resistent infections, with 68 also having systems for antimicrobials tracking. A further 123 countries have initiated policies regulating the sale of antimicrobials, working to ensure that they are used only as prescribed and not in ways that contribute to the growing problem of resistance. In most places, however, these policies are poorly implemented and monitored. Further risks are posed by spillover of the issue in the environmental and plant sectors.