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Improving infection prevention could avoid 750 000 deaths a year, say experts

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1163 (Published 28 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1163
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Over 750 000 deaths associated with antimicrobial resistance could be prevented in low and middle income countries every year by improving infection control, increasing access to clean water and sanitation, and promoting uptake of paediatric vaccines, an analysis has found.

Speaking at the World Health Assembly, the authors of a Lancet series of four papers on sustainable access to effective antibiotics called for intensified global efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance.1 Each year, an estimated 7.7 million deaths are caused by bacterial infections, and 4.95 million of those are linked to antimicrobial resistance. Without action, the authors said, there will be a steady increase in the global death toll, with babies, older people, and those with chronic illness being the most vulnerable.

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