anme-INFO by Nora Laubstein

On July 3, 2023, WHO had invited representatives from the field of Traditional and Complementary Medicine worldwide to an online conversation in Geneva. After this year's WHO annual meeting, it was announced that a new WHO strategy on traditional medicine for 2025-2035 would be developed.

by Dr. Uwe Peters

The increase in resistant bacteria due to the often improper use of antibiotics in humans has become a global problem. Development of new active agents alone does not provide a satisfactory solution. In an overall concept to reduce antibiotic resistance, phytopharmaceuticals as well as microbiological drugs can make a substantial contribution. To illustrate this, this positional paper presents examples from both therapeutic areas mentioned and pleads to include them in the discussion about strategies for working against antibiotic resistance. This is vital in health policies as well as on a scientific level and should be integrated in both through appropriate research programs.

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A new roadmap to tackle antimicrobial resistance is released by the AMR Stakeholder Network on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (Nov 18, 2019).

AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) has been declared by the World Health Organization as an urgent, global health threat, projected to cause more deaths globally than cancer by 2050. The new Roadmap outlines 5 concrete strategies with corresponding targets for the EU and national decision-makers should take in order to step up their efforts in the fight against AMR.

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Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is an important and often underestimated health resource with many applications, especially in the prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and in meeting the health needs of ageing populations. Many countries are seeking to expand coverage of essential health services at a time when consumer expectations for care are rising, costs are soaring, and most budgets are either stagnant or being reduced. Given the unique health challenges of the 21st century, interest in T&CM is undergoing a revival.