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The rise of the ‘superbugs’: Is resistance futile?

More than 190 members of the United Nations have signed an agreement to fight drug-resistant bacteria.

For only the fourth time in its 70-year history, the United Nations is holding a special meeting devoted to a health crisis.

It is discussing the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and how to treat them.

Doctors and scientists have long warned about the problem, which is being propelled by the way antibiotics are misused.

And that is threatening the lives of millions of people around the world – along with the global economic output.

So, what can be done to stop the threat of drug-resistant bacteria?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Sally Davies – Chief medical officer for England

Jim O’Neill – Chairman of the UK-commissioned review on antimicrobial resistance

Rohit Malpani – Director of policy and analysis for Doctors Without Borders

Christophe Wiart – Specialist in the discovery of antibiotics in Southeast Asia