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Africa news roundup: 27 April – 2 May

UN calls for action against antimicrobial resistance, Rwandan agricultural scientist wins award, African agri science week set for Egypt in October, and more.

UN report calls for more action in AMR crisis

A United Nations report published on 29 April has called on the world to take urgent action against antimicrobial resistance. It paints a dire picture if no action is taken, projecting that AMR could cause 10 million deaths by 2050 and push 24 million people into extreme poverty by 2030. The report calls on countries to boost financing against AMR and to set up regulatory systems and public awareness programmes, invest in “ambitious research and development” to combat AMR, and phase out the use of antimicrobials to induce growth in farming. “We are at a critical point in the fight to protect some of our most essential medicines. This report makes concrete recommendations that could save thousands of lives every year,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization and co-chair of the committee that produced the report.

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