25 Global Actions by 2025

Roadmap to Reducing the Need for Antibiotics

14/11/2019

25 Global Actions by 2025

In a sector-wide strategy to address antibiotic resistance by first reducing the occasions on which antibiotics are needed for livestock and pets, AnimalhealthEurope members have joined a multi-billion euro pledge to support the development of vaccines, diagnostics and other measures to protect animals from disease.

The pledge for 25 Global Actions by 2025 is part of a global Roadmap to Reducing the Need for Antibiotics initiated by HealthforAnimals, which sets out three approaches to reduce the need for antibiotics in animals: disease prevention and control; earlier detection of illness; and fast, accurate treatment.

This paper highlights the global actions we collectively pledge to undertake by 2025 to reduce the need for antibiotics in animals, and it includes a call to the public sector, European and international organisations to join us in this effort.

Antibiotic resistance is a recognised global health concern, affecting both people and animals. While the primary contributor to antibiotic resistance in people is the use of antibiotics in human medicine, animal health is intrinsically linked through food systems, diseases that can pass to people, and medicines that are used by both. Global support from international and regional organisations in improving prevention, detection and treatment of animal disease, and in promoting the deployment of the broader toolbox of animal health solutions is essential to reduce the need for antibiotics in animals.