“If nothing is done, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill up to 10 million people a year by 2050, as much as cancer.”

Lord Jim O’Neill

To address the current alarming situation of antibiotic resistance, several local initiatives have been launched over the past few years, involving antibiotic stewardship in both human and veterinary sectors, as well as public awareness and education campaigns.

These successful actions prove that antibiotic resistance can still be reduced when every player feels concerned and actively contributes to combat the threat.

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