Don't make antibiotics a daily dose!
14.12.2011Antibiotics are essential to our existence
The discovery of antibiotics to combat bacteria that make us ill is regarded as one of the most important breakthroughs in the medical world. But there is a problem: more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics.
Antibiotics are currently too much of a daily dose
Dutch livestock farmers give their animals unnecessarily large doses of antibiotics, far more than their counterparts in other European countries. This enables pathogens to become resistant to antibiotics. We consume these resistant bacteria in our food and they can make us ill. If that happens, there are hardly any treatment options available. Already there are bacteria so resistant that they cannot be tackled by any type of antibiotics.
No effective antibiotics in the near future?
Every year, 25,000 people in Europe die from a bacterial infection that has become untreatable with antibiotics. There is a serious risk that, in the near future, we will no longer be able to make use of these essential medicines. This puts the health of millions of people across the world in danger.
What does this mean in concrete terms?
- Pneumonia and tuberculosis will more often result in death.
- Bladder infections, sexually transmitted diseases and inflammation of the ear will become untreatable.
- Operations will become riskier because infections are more difficult to combat.
- Outbreaks of bacteria such as Klebsiella and MRSA are becoming more frequent and claiming more victims.
We need to take action now to make sure that antibiotics are safe for the future. Wemos is ideally placed to conduct a successful health lobby on this vital issue. In its ongoing battle to promote the right to health for all, Wemos has proved its worth over the past thirty years.
Your help is urgently needed
- Save antibiotics before it’s too late. For your own sake and for future generations.
- With your help, we will call on politicians to take appropriate action: to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics and promote research into new antibiotics.
- Show your commitment and give a donation! Bank account no. 5080 in the name of Stichting Wemos mentioning “Antibiotic Resistance”.
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The campaign 'Don’t make antibiotics a daily dose!' would not be possible without Backbone Marketing, Drukkerij de Gans, CP2, Dolphiq, Simply Colors, Rosti Mepal and the support of Conscious Hotels, Cordaid and the Dutch Institute for Responsible Medication Use (IVM).