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Antimicrobial Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine? with Dame Sally Davies

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Antimicrobial resistance is the most complex and pressing challenge since climate change. Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies discusses the problem. Apologies for the audio issues with this talk - we had a few technical difficulties while filming.
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Having secured support nationally from the Prime Minister and UK Government for the need to action, Dame Sally Davies is working tirelessly internationally to increase global awareness and secure commitments to action on antibiotic resistance.

In this Discourse, Dame Sally explores why antimicrobial resistance has developed to such an extent that it is now a threat to modern medicine. She looks at how it is spreading across the globe, why we need to urgently change our attitude towards antimicrobials, in particular antibiotics, so that we treat them as a common good – not only in health but also in agriculture, farming, aquaculture and the environment.

Antimicrobials are a wonder drug, but only when used effectively. If we do not learn how to look after them, we could see a return to ‘pre-antibiotic era’ where 40% mortality is due to infections – something that is difficult to believe now.

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer of the UK, acting as the UK government’s principal medical adviser and the professional head of all directors of public health in local government.

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