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Como combater a resistência antimicrobiana

ZURIQUE —Há duas semanas, os líderes do G20 assumiram o compromisso de trabalhar em conjunto para enfrentar uma das ameaças no domínio da segurança mais prementes e desconcertantes do mundo: a resistência antimicrobiana (RAM) —um adversário feroz e em evolução contra o qual as armas terapêuticas convencionais são inúteis.

A ameaça é evidente: as bactérias e outros micróbios estão a tornar-se resistentes aos medicamentos disponíveis a um ritmo mais acelerado do que o do desenvolvimento de novos medicamentos. Todos os anos, os micróbios resistentes a medicamentos são responsáveis pela morte de cerca de 700 mil pessoas em todo o mundo —mais do triplo do número anual de mortes decorrentes de conflitos armados.

Em 2016, um painel especial encomendado pelo governo britânico previu que até 2050, pelo menos mais dez milhões de pessoas morrerão anualmente devido a micróbios resistentes a medicamentos. A RAM representa actualmente um perigo claro e eminente para todas pessoas no planeta. Se não a enfrentarmos directamente, poderemos voltar a um mundo em que é comum as pessoas morrerem de uma simples infecção.

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