Drug-resistant diseases can cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050, warned the Ad Hoc Group of Interagency Coordination on Antimicrobial Resistance in a report released Monday.
He added that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people to extreme poverty.
"Currently, at least 7,000,000 people die each year from drug-resistant diseases, including 2,30,000 people dying from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis," the report said.
He also noted that increasingly common diseases, including respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections, are becoming intractable; life-saving medical procedures are becoming more risky, and food systems are becoming increasingly precarious.
"Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats we face as a global community. This report reflects the depth and scope of the response needed to stem its rise and protect a century of progress in health, "said Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General.
The report noted that the world is already feeling the economic and health consequences as crucial drugs become ineffective. Without investment from countries across all income brackets, future generations will face the disastrous impacts of uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance.
It now recommends that countries prioritize national action plans to increase funding and capacity-building efforts, deploy stronger regulatory systems and support awareness-raising programs for the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials by human, animal, and plant health professionals and invest in research and development of new technologies to combat antimicrobial resistance.