Antibiotic resistance threatens the effectiveness of modern medicine. More and more strains of bacteria are resistant to an ever rising number of antibiotics, with no new antibiotics on the horizon to treat some of the most serious infections. Millions of people worldwide are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year; hundreds of thousands lose their lives. Antibiotic resistance affects us all – doctors and patients, farmers and consumers, humans and animals – without regard for international borders.
In May 2014, civil society organizations and stakeholders from six continents working in the health, agriculture, consumer and development sectors came together to form the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC). The Antibiotic Resistance Coalition launched the Declaration on Antibiotic Resistance to advocate for policy change and action to prevent the post-antibiotic era from becoming a bleak reality.