New research projects: fight against antibiotic resistance
The increase in antibiotic resistance poses an ever increasing challenge to the healthcare system. If such medications stop working, even small inflammations can become a big risk. The Federal Ministry of Health is now determined to combat antibiotic resistance.
Millions killed by multi-resistant germs
If the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance is not brought under control soon, researchers are at risk of a horror scenario. According to an older study by the Berlin Charité, there could be around ten million deaths from multi-resistant germs by 2050. The Federal Ministry of Health has now announced that it is promoting the fight against antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is increasing
Just last year, an EU commission warned of massively increasing antibiotic resistance. An estimated 700,000 people already die each year from infections with pathogens for which no medication helps.
The most important point in the fight against antibiotic resistance is to reduce the mass use of such drugs. Because the excessive use of antibiotics in humans and in animal fattening as well as improper use of the medicines promotes the development of resistance.
The Federal Ministry of Health will now provide money for research. According to a press release, the ministry is funding seven projects with a focus on “Antibiotic Resistance and Nosocomial Infections” with around four million euros.
How the population can be better informed
“It cannot leave anyone indifferent that more and more people worldwide are dying from germs that are resistant to antibiotics. We must fight antibiotic resistance resolutely - nationally and internationally, ”said Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe.
"The research projects make an important contribution to broadening knowledge about the correct use of antibiotics and researching new measures to avoid the development of resistance."
Knowledge of the use of antibiotics and the causes of resistance are a basic prerequisite for their correct use. A research project will therefore investigate how the population can be better informed about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
According to the information, further research projects will address the question of which measures to avoid antibiotic resistance make the most sense. Existing measures such as advanced training, hygiene regulations or the formation of regional networks are reviewed and new measures are examined before they are used more widely.
Detect resistance early on
As stated in the communication, the German Antibiotic Resistance Strategy “DART 2020” adopted by the Federal Cabinet in 2015 provides for measures to identify resistance early on, to receive and improve therapy options, to prevent infections and to interrupt infection chains at an early stage.
In addition, the public's awareness of the topic should be improved, the competencies of medical personnel strengthened and research and development supported.
Since there is a mutual influence on the development of resistance through the use of the same antibiotics in humans and animals, all goals of "DART 2020" pursue the so-called "One Health Approach". This means that human medicine as well as agriculture and research are taken into account. (ad)