Children and anti microbial resistance

20 November, 2020

Dear CHIFA members

I would like to share the following message and link:

Effective and accessible drugs and medicines, such as antiretrovirals, antimalarials, antifungal drugs and antibiotics are absolutely essential for treating the most common childhood diseases, as well as HIV and TB.

Sadly, the lives of millions of children today are threatened because of increasing anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

AMR is major and growing threat to health and human development, and possibly the greatest threat to child survival today.

As we celebrate Universal Children's Day, let us remind ourselves that children and their care givers are entitled to good health and health care, including access to essential medicines, and to information about their proper and safe use. These entitlements are protected under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children must not be left behind in the global AMR response. Their unique needs and vulnerabilities must be addressed and their rights to health upheld.

Many thanks

Marcus Stahlhofer

CHIFA Profile: Marcus M Stahlhofer is Adviser, Child and Adolescent Rights, Dept. of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, World Health Organization, Geneva. stahlhoferm AT

Email: stahlhoferm AT