The Prince of Wales attends event celebrating efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance


The Prince of Wales speaks to individuals with experience of antimicrobial resistance

The Prince of Wales, today spoke at an event celebrating global efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and build stronger health systems, food security and climate resilience.

His Royal Highness became Patron of a new appeal to create The Fleming Centre in 2023. Based at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, the development of the Centre is being led by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and will drive a worldwide movement to tackle AMR.

AMR occurs when the microbes that cause infections develop resistance to treatments such as antibiotics and as a result infections become difficult or impossible to treat, increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, disability, and death.

Antimicrobial resistance threatens our health, our environment, our livelihoods and our future. Unless we act now and together, the ripple effects of drug resistance will be felt across generations, jeopardising the wellbeing of our children and our grandchildren.

The event, held at the Royal Society in London, showcased the latest scientific and economic research into antimicrobial resistance, celebrated campaigns to raise awareness of the issue and formed part of a roadmap to a forthcoming High-Level Meeting on the subject at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

During the event, survivors of AMR spoke of their experiences and Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Chair of the Fleming Initiative, gave an update on the work of the Initiative to date, including The Fleming Centre. 

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