TheVoiceOfJoyce In recently published scientific studies, we’re finding farming practices in poor and middle class societies, as well as poor sanitation, are contributing to the spread of super bugs, resistant to antibiotics. With Globalization, air travel, the problems of the “ underdeveloped “ world are our problems. With vaccination programs, we can protect livestock. With improved sanitation, raw sewage is not released into waterways. Programs must be sponsored by wealthy nations or 10-20 million will fall into poverty and the World will spend trillions on survival. We’re all entitled to clean air and clean water. Clean water is a necessity, if we want to maintain our fish populations and biodiversity. Start preventing sewage from reach our rivers, lakes and oceans; they’re not dumping grounds.

Resistant superbugs can survive in untreated sewage.

The findings of the new report, published on Tuesday, show that pollution and a lack of sanitation in the developing world can no longer be regarded by the rich world as a faraway and localised problem for poor people. When superbugs emerge, they quickly spread, and threaten the health even of people in well-funded healthcare systems in the rich world.

Poor sanitation and healthcare, and a lack of regulation in animal farming, create breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, and threaten global health as a result, the UN Environment Programme found in the report. As many as 10 million people a year could be dying by 2050 as a result of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to the UN, making it as big a killer as cancer is today.

The rise of superbugs will also take an economic toll, resulting in the loss of about $3.4tn a year by the end of this decade, and pushing 24 million people into extreme poverty.

Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP, said: “Pollution of air, soil and waterways undermines the human right to a clean and healthy environment. The same drivers that cause environmental degradation are worsening the antimicrobial resistance problem. The impacts of anti-microbial resistance could destroy our health and food systems.”

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