Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a significant challenge to society.
Dr. Isaac Weldon, Investigator at the Global Strategy Lab, emphasizes the urgency of addressing AMR beyond a medical perspective. In a recent interview with Advance Science News, he stresses the need for a paradigm shift, viewing AMR as a sustainability challenge rather than just a medical issue.
In their paper published in Perspectives on Politics, Dr. Isaac Weldon and GSL Director, Professor Steven Hoffman argue for a comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach to tackling AMR. They highlight the complex nature of AMR, intertwining human health, animal health, agriculture, environment, development, and trade.
The researchers stress that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solutions, urging for tailored approaches that consider diverse populations and health challenges. They highlight the importance of diversifying strategies, moving away from an unwinnable arms race against microbial evolution.
The new publication by Weldon and Hoffman challenges current norms in the way we approach AMR, finding political and policy strategies that can adapt to the evolving problem of human interactions with microbes will help to achieve sustainable antimicrobial use for all.