Screen Shot 2019-10-23 at 08.05.38.pngOn any given day, in a given country, a mother comes into a health-care facility when her child has a high fever, hoping that the child will get effective treatment and be cured. With increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), treatment options diminish, and her hopes may be dashed if the bacteria have become resistant and available antibiotics no longer work. Like access to clean water and air, we have taken antibiotics for granted for too long. Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have significantly improved global health. Indeed, they have been a cornerstone of modern medicine, including cancer chemotherapy and advanced surgical procedures. And while decades of overuse and misuse of antibiotics have accelerated the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria, access to antibiotics remains a major issue in many parts of the world…..more