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Antibiotic resistance destroys advances in medicine

Are many illnesses unbearable in the future? The risk exists – and it is growing. The World Health Organization now suits the action plan to ensure long-term efficacy of antibiotics.

The bacteria survived. During evolution they can adapt to new conditions. Unfortunately, this is a bad sign of the efficacy of antibiotics, which is often used in the fight against bacterial diseases in humans and animals.

If bacteria are over and over again treated with antibiotics, they are defended against mutations. As a result, the antibiotic loses its effect, antibiotic resistance appears. The disease can now spread unhindered because there is no effective way to keep it.

Growing danger: thousands of deaths bacteria resistant to antibiotics

Antibiotics, the cornerstone of modern medicine

WHO, this ever-evolving development is considered one of the greatest challenges of today's medicine. General Secretary of the World Health Organization Tedrow Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it would not be possible to stop this process "Destroy 100 years of medical progress.""Many of the infections of the wounds, inflammation or blood poisoning can no longer be cured – terrible suffering and thousands of victims would be a direct result.

WHO strengthens the antibiotic resistance fight

In order to address the growing threat of multi-drug-resistant pathogen, WHO now wants to regulate the use of antibiotics more strictly. The funds should be used more expediently and at the same time more cost-effective than ever.

Initially, this has no effect on medical care – antibiotics are still often prescribed and in many cases not prescribed properly. For example, if a patient suffers from a flu virus infection, antibiotics do not lead to successful treatment. But they are still prescribed, which is conducive to resistance.

Physicians are aware of the danger: fewer antibiotics are prescribed in Germany.

The three-stage model should minimize usage

The Geneva Plan foresees the division of antibiotic use into three categories in the future: In the first category, drugs targeting certain pathogens will end. The so-called broadband antibiotics are taboo – therefore the enemy in the body must first be accurately identified by the medical lab to be eradicated by specially developed drugs.

Category 2, according to Spiegel Online, refers to antibiotics whose use must be measured. The medication should be available to doctors, but any prophylactic prescription should be discontinued. Even more stringent is the use of broadband antibiotics of category 3: their use is therefore only allowed if there is a risk to their lives and no alternative treatment method can be developed.

"AWaRe" – responsible for handling antibiotics

The World Health Organization's direction is already clear in the name of this classification system, under the heading "AWaRe", ie English for "watch out", where the term itself consists of three abbreviations for three categories. "A" means "Access", "Wa" means "Watch", and "Re" means "Reserve". Gradual use is well described: If you still have full access to Category 1, this is already well-viewed in the category. Category 3 is then reserved for emergencies.


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