With more and more common medications losing their ability to fight dangerous infections, and few new drugs in the pipeline, the world is facing an imminent crisis that could lead to millions of deaths, a surge in global poverty and an even wider gap between rich and poor countries, the United Nations warned in a report on April 29th – 2019.
Drug-resistant infections already claim 700,000 lives a year, including 230,000 deaths from drug-resistant tuberculosis, the report said. The rampant overuse of antibiotics and anti-fungal medicines in humans, livestock and agriculture is accelerating a crisis that is poorly understood by the public and largely ignored by world leaders. Without concerted action, a United Nations panel said, resistant infections could kill 10 million people annually by 2050 and trigger an economic slowdown to rival the global financial crisis of 2008.
The problem threatens people around the world. During the next 30 years, the United Nations experts said, 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia could die from drug-resistant infections, making routine hospital procedures like knee-replacement surgery and childbirth far riskier than they are today.
“This is a silent tsunami,” said Dr. Haileyesus Getahun, director of the U.N. Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which spent two years working on the report. “We are not seeing the political momentum we’ve seen in other public health emergencies, but if we don’t act now, antimicrobial resistance will have a disastrous impact within a generation.”
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Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap and water.
Each year on October 15, over 200 million people are involved in celebrating “Global Handwashing Day” in over 100 countries around the world.
It all begins with soap (non-antibacterial soap is even better), warm water, and scrub hands (don’t forget to scrub in between fingers) for a minimum of twenty seconds
(singing one rendition of Happy Birthday or the ABC song usually accomplishes the twenty second minimum). Rinse hands well, turn off water faucets with dry paper towel and toss away, proceed to dry hands with dry towel and toss away. Open door handles, turn off light switches with a dry towel, or if possible use elbow so not to recontaminate clean hands.
* Handwashing with soap and water remains the most effective & inexpensive way to prevent serious germs from spreading. Let’s join the millions around the globe and continue to share the news, wash our hands
and stop giving harmful germs a free ride.