Infectious diseases continue to be one of the biggest public health concerns around the world.
Since our pioneering work on penicillin in the 1940s, we have a strong history of addressing this evolving risk.
Fighting Infectious Disease
Anti-infectives are medicines that work to help treat infections. They include antibacterials, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitic medications.
Anti-infectives have revolutionized healthcare.
Thanks to anti-infective therapies, we now can:
Antimicrobial-resistant infections are those where the pathogen no longer responds to the anti-infective being used as treatment.
Alarmingly, many anti-infectives are losing their effectiveness due to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which, in turn may cause infections to become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat.
AMR is therefore widely recognized as one of the biggest threats to global health today.
A continued rise in AMR could take 10 million lives globally each year by 2050 – more than currently die from cancer.
The science of optimism
Preventing the spread of infections
Combatting an evolving risk
Treatment at the molecular level
Smaller populations but big impact