Antibiotic resistance is now a leading cause of death worldwide (contributing to about 5 million deaths per annum) and poses an existential threat to future generations. Infection prevention and control is of foundational importance to containing and controlling antibiotic resistance – yet an enormous barrier exists.
One in three healthcare settings globally – and half of those in the world’s least developed countries – lack readily available access to handwashing facilities.
We are urging everyone with an interest in this topic to submit written evidence to the inquiry. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals and/or organisations in relation to the following questions.
Main framing questions:
Submissions should be sent to AMRinquiry@wateraid.org by 1700 (BST) on Monday May 23, 2022.
Please do forward this call for evidence to anyone else who might be interested in responding.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change over time and no longer respond to drugs, making infection harder to treat, thereby increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death. Antibiotic resistance is arguably the most concerning subset of antimicrobial resistance (which also incorporates drug-resistant viruses, fungi, and parasites). This inquiry will focus on the impact of antibiotic resistance.
Following written submissions, members of the APPGs plan to stage at least one oral evidence session before considering the findings and publishing a report with recommendations.