Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

AMR poses a major threat to human health around the world. AMR occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria, adapt in ways that make currently available treatments for infections less effective. Action is needed to reduce the impact of AMR worldwide.

13.66 million people who died globally had sepsis as an immediate cause of death or in the chain of events leading to their death (intermediate cause).
4.95 million people who died in 2019 suffered from drug-resistant infections, such as lower respiratory, bloodstream, and intra-abdominal infections.
1.27 million deaths in 2019 were directly caused by AMR.
1 in 5 people who died from AMR was a child under 5 years old, often from previously treatable infections.

Interactive data visuals

Interactive Data Visual


The MICROBE (Measuring Infectious Causes and Resistance Outcomes for Burden Estimation) tool visualizes the fatal and nonfatal health outcomes of infections, pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance across different countries and regions.

Datasets in our catalog

Visit the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) to download our estimates and data sources for antimicrobial resistance.


Scientific Publication

The burden of antimicrobial resistance in the Americas in 2019




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