Implementation Plan for the Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Framework in South Africa (2014 - 2019)
Antibiotics play a vital role in the management of bacterial infections by reducing morbidity and preventing mortality. They are estimated to increase life expectancy by 20 years. However, the extensive use of antibiotics has resulted in drug resistance that threatens to reverse the life-saving power of these medicines. Antibiotic resistance affects the human health sector the most and has a direct impact on the economy of each country. A tipping point has been reached for the international community as we find ourselves on the brink of a “post-antibiotic era.” The national AMR Strategy Framework1 has been developed to manage antimicrobial resistance and limit further increases in resistant microbial infections, and improve patient outcomes.