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Superbugs have designs on India. Our preparation is inadequate.

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is a threat that is growing in severity. The country needs to develop better tests for early diagnosis, educate patients and doctors to not overuse antibiotics, and invest in new-generation antibiotics. At the moment, it is doing too little in all three areas.
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Name of assassinSuperbug (drug-resistant pathogen) DescriptionA gang of super-adaptive bacteria, with exceptional abilities to communicate, evolve, and survive. Defence mechanismEvolutionary adaptation: what doesn’t kill a superbug makes it really strong. Mode of travel It uses air, water, soil, food or even a simple handshake to invade enemy territory (read humans). War strategyA
these combat plans? Going by the participation from the government and the private sector at present, the answer is a disappointing no. Perhaps non-profit organisations are doing their bit. Half of the new R&D projects targeting priority pathogens involve partnerships from primarily six organisations — Wellcome Trust, MMV, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US NIH, BARDA, and TB Alliance.
Name of assassinSuperbug (drug-resistant pathogen) DescriptionA gang of super-adaptive bacteria, with exceptional abilities to communicate, evolve, and survive. Defence mechanismEvolutionary adaptation: what doesn’t kill a superbug makes it really strong. Mode of travel It uses air, water, soil, food or even a simple handshake to invade enemy territory (read humans). War strategyA these combat plans? Going by the participation from the government and the private sector at present, the answer is a disappointing no. Perhaps non-profit organisations are doing their bit. Half of the new R&D projects targeting priority pathogens involve partnerships from primarily six organisations — Wellcome Trust, MMV, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US NIH, BARDA, and TB Alliance.

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