The bacteria that the media like to refer to as "superbugs" are already undermining the health of millions of people around the world.

The term refers to bacteria that have become resistant to almost all antibiotics currently in use.

In this growing public health crisis, superbugs are already behind infections that take the lives of an estimated 700,000 people every year.

And without radical new advances, that figure could rise to 10 million people a year by 2050, researchers say.

On Inside Story, we look at how our actions are making antibiotics less and less effective against certain kinds of bacteria.

And we ask, what can be done to reverse the trend?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Jim O'Neill - chairman of the UK Review on Anti-microbial Resistance

Hugh Pennington - emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen

Shelly Batra - co-founder and president of Operation ASHA

Source: Al Jazeera