The World Health Organisation wanted a poignant film titled Combat Drug Resistance. The aim was to outline the man-made problem that micro-organisms are becoming resistant to existing drugs. We relied on a minimalist graphic aesthetic, limited colour palette and sombre backing track about this grave concern.
A quarter of countries that responded to a WHO survey have national plans to preserve antimicrobial medicines like antibiotics, but many more countries must also step up. A new report, “Worldwide country situation analysis: Response to antimicrobial resistance”, outlines the survey findings. It reveals that while much activity is underway and many governments are committed to addressing the problem, there are major gaps in action. This is needed across all 6 WHO regions to prevent the misuse of antibiotics and reduce spread of antimicrobial resistance.