In a recent interview with KCBS Radio, GSL Investigator Dr. Isaac Weldon, lead author of the new study by the Global Strategy Lab, emphasized the critical need for a proactive and sustainable strategy to tackle the escalating global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Weldon, a recent political science PhD graduate from York University in Toronto, shed light on the shortcomings of current approaches, noting that a reactive response to AMR has proven insufficient. Dr. Isaac Weldon argued for a shift towards robust and adaptable institutions to foster a more sustainable relationship with microbes and preserve our ability to manage infectious diseases.
The study, published in the Perspectives on Politics journal, outlines five new principles to create institutions that can reduce AMR and achieve sustainable antimicrobial use for all. Weldon advocates for a departure from the reliance on silver-bullet solutions and quick fixes, stressing the necessity of a tough examination of existing practices. Additionally, the study proposes the diversification of practices, encouraging the exploration of various strategies, from alternative therapies in medicine to changes in agricultural practices.