The Microbiology Society issues topical briefing papers, which provide need-to-know information on various subjects such as hospital-acquired infections, climate change and pandemic influenza. These resources are prepared with the help of our members. To request hard copies of these resources please contact our Policy Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance mean that conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria are again becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Antimicrobial-resistant infections cause over 700,000 deaths worldwide annually, and this number is set to grow. There is a need to address the overuse of antimicrobials in medicine and agriculture, and for research to develop new antimicrobials and alternative antimicrobial therapies.