n South African Medical Journal - A global call for action to combat antimicrobial resistance : can we get it right this time? : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



On 17 May 2014, the World Health Assembly adopted World Health Organization (WHO) resolution WHA67.25 'Combating antimicrobial resistance including antibiotic resistance'. Among other directives, the nine-point call to action urges member states 'to develop or strengthen national plans, strategies and international collaboration for the containment of antimicrobial resistance'. Such calls have been heard before. So what is different this time, how do we break the mould to ensure that significant international change occurs, and how is South Africa (SA) positioning itself to respond to the call?

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