Antimicrobial Resistance, or AMR, refers to the phenomena by which bacteria become immune to antimicrobial treatments over time as those treatments are used more and more. Infectious diseases brought on by antimicrobial resistant bacteria can be difficult to treat, and can even be fatal in worst case scenarios.
The problem of AMR is worsening across the world. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2050, as many as 10 million people could potentially die of AMR-related causes globally every year.
AMR Alliance Japan is a collaboration between Japanese medical societies specializing in infectious diseases, corporations working to develop tests and treatments for those diseases, and civil society groups. Since its establishment in November 2018, AMR Alliance Japan has worked with Alliance members and partner organizations to deepen policy debate around AMR. This work resulted in the July 2019 release of "AMR Alliance Japan Policy Recommendations: The Japanese Government’s Role in Promoting AMR Countermeasures." Moving forward, the Alliance will take every opportunity to explain these recommendations to AMR policy stakeholders toward concrete policy action on AMR.
AMR Alliance Japan aims to function as a one-stop shop for information on all activities going on in Japan around AMR, in order to facilitate greater collaboration and information sharing among stakeholders.