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UN Declares Antibiotic Resistance a Fundamental Threat to Human Health

On September 21, the United Nations approved a declaration that addressed the number of drug-resistant infections. The declaration marks only the fourth time that a health issue has been taken up by the UN General Assembly.1 

In the declaration, countries pledged their support toward preventing antimicrobial resistance by:

  • Reaffirming commitment to develop national action plans based on the “Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance” developed by the World Health Assembly
  • Strengthening regulation of antimicrobials, recognizing the need for stronger systems to monitor the volume of antimicrobials used in humans, animals, and crops
  • Improve knowledge and awareness while promoting best practices of antimicrobial use
  • Foster innovative approaches using alternatives to antimicrobials and new technologies for diagnosis and vaccines.

At the adoption of the declaration, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the dimensions of the problem were becoming apparent. “Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental, long-term threat to human health, sustainable food production and development,” said Ban. “In all parts of the world, in developing and developed countries; in rural and urban areas; in hospitals; on farms and in communities. We are losing our ability to protect both people and animals from life-threatening infections.”2

The U.S. has taken measures to prevent antibiotic resistance: it has enacted the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, along with proposing regulations by CMS and The Joint Commission for hospitals to meet performance standards.

What tools do your team use to monitor proper antimicrobial use? Many hospitals are using Sentri7 real-time clinical surveillance to help support their antimicrobial stewardship program. Learn how United Regional Healthcare uses Sentri7 for stewardship by watching this video.


  1. “At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance.” 21 September 2016.
  2. “U.N. adopts declaration on anti-microbial resistance.” 21 September 2016.

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