When it comes to public health threats, there are few that have such wide-reaching impact as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Our ability to combat infections is at the core of modern medicine. Everything from organ replacement to joint replacement to maternal health to cancer treatments and more – AMR truly is a threat to all of us. Further concerning is that the threat has only worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, there was a 15% increase in AMR infections and related deaths.
The good news is, there are policy solutions that have bipartisan support in Congress, but it’s going to take all of us to communicate the urgency of this threat and encourage action.
That’s why this week we are marking our third annual #SquashSuperbugs Day on Thursday, March 16, 2023, and encouraging everyone to share their experience with AMR – let’s MAKE IT PERSONAL, because it is!
PFID has a number of resources including our Faces of AMR series as well as fact sheets and social media tiles. You can also add your name to more than 2,000 others who have signed this petition urging Congress to act now to address AMR. As Congress considers its plans for this year, it is our hope that policy solutions to the threat of antimicrobial resistance are a priority – patients from all walks of life are counting on them.