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July 11, 2023

The First Line of Defence for AMR One Health Must Address the Climate Crisis

by Janet Robinson

Flooding at a fresh market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Credit: Suparach Seechae for FHI 360.

Janet Robinson, F.I.B.S., Director, Emerging Infectious Diseases and Health Security at FHI 360 and Professor Stan Fenwick, Fleming Fund Technical Lead for One Health and Animal Health, Mott MacDonald coauthor a piece on the dual challenges of climate change and antimicrobial resistance.

What do climate change and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) have in common? The World Health Organization states that climate change is one of humanity’s biggest health threats, and this is exacerbating another – the spread of drug-resistant superbugs. Ecosystem disruption can also be a catalyst for emerging infectious diseases that may subsequently lead to pandemics, increased use of antibiotics, and a rise in AMR.

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Janet Robinson

Janet Robinson


Janet’s areas of expertise include global health security, health systems strengthening, infectious and tropical diseases, and clinical research.

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