Antibiotics have been a blessing for medicine. Their discovery meant that infections which had previously caused great suffering and many deaths could now be treated. But the situation is changing dramatically, with more and more bacteria becoming resistant to an increasing number of active agents used in antibiotics. Every year tens of thousands of people die worldwide as a result of multiresistant microbes. And resistance does not stop at national borders: it develops anywhere and can spread anywhere.
This is why any attempts to resolve the problem of resistance must be as global as its causes. The slogan 'One Health' must be understood in the broadest terms: the Global North and Global South, human and veterinary medicine, social components and technical solutions must be considered.
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