Antimicrobial resistance: time to repurpose the Global Fund

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major cause of death globally, with a burden likely
to be higher than that of HIV or malaria, according to the most comprehensive assessment
of bacterial AMR to date published in The Lancet. The data presented in this analysis
are striking: in 2019, the deaths of 4·95 million people were associated with drug-resistant
bacterial infections. 1·27 million deaths were directly caused by AMR. For the first
time, the study provides estimates for 204 countries and territories, as well as data
for the regional impacts of AMR.

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