The discovery of penicillin in 1928 was heralded as a breakthrough in modern medicine that paved the way to further discovery of other antibiotics – common infections could be treated with ease without complications or leading to fatalities. However, resistance to antibiotics is now a global problem with bacteria continuously evolving to become resistant against antibiotics. Some infections have become harder to cure with current treatments and the discovery of new antibiotics has stalled.
In the EU, approximately 33,000 people die every year due to infections caused by antibiotic resistance. If things do not change, it is estimated that by 2050, approximately 10 million deaths globally will be caused by antibiotic resistance.
Therefore, global efforts are needed to encourage proper handling of antibiotics. This is what World Antibiotic Awareness Week is about!