The Lancet: The antimicrobial crisis: enough advocacy, more action

24 January, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Read online:

This week's lead editorial (print issue 25 January) starts:

'Global advocacy has been successful in mobilising attention to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by governments and agencies worldwide. Indeed, in the past decade, there has been a steady flow of reports, action plans, declarations, initiatives, and resolutions on what should be done... but has this global advocacy translated into global action? In a word, no.'

On HIFA, we have been lamenting for years what we perceive as a collective failure of action. I have pointed repeatedly to the inexcusable lack of reliable information for prescribers and users (s situation that could be substantially and almost instantly improved with a small financial investment); HIFA member Massimo Serventi (Tanzania) has emphasised out-of-control overprescription of antibiotics by frontline health workers; and many others have highlighted that antibiotics are freely available without prescription in many countries. The list goes on.

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: