Why in news?
WHO is releasing a tool called AWaRe for safer use and resistance to curbing antibiotics.
What’s the new instrument?
- The online tool is intended to direct lawmakers and others involved in public health to use antibiotics safely and efficiently.
- This classifies antibiotics into three different groups, known as ‘AWaRe,’ i.e., Access, antibiotics that treat the most severe and serious infections, Watch, antibiotics in the healthcare system available at all times and Reserve, antibiotics to use only as a last resort, sparingly or conservingly.
- Antimicrobial resistance has become an “invisible pandemic,” as infections that can not be treated by all types of antibiotics emerge.
- To ensure that we are still able to treat and prevent serious diseases in the absence of the development of new medicines, we must safeguard these precious last-line antibiotics.”