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Podcast: What is Antibiotic Resistance and Why is it a Serious Global Threat?

This podcast explores antibiotic resistance and why is it a serious global threat.

The World Health Organization has described antibiotic resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health and food security. It is estimated that at least 700,000 people die globally each year from ‘superbug’ infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines and this is predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050.

This episode explores what exactly we mean by antibiotic resistance, the use of antibiotics in food production, the potentially devastating effects of not addressing antibiotic resistance and solutions to this frightening problem. The speakers are Dr. Clare Chandler (Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dr. Lucy Brunton (Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College).

Listen to the podcast below:


Development Matters is a monthly podcast series produced by the London International Development Centre (LIDC) which explores current international development issues through discussions with leading scholars from across the globe.LIDC catalyses interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in international development and each topic discussed in the podcast series will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. The podcasts are hosted by Anjuli Borgonha, Communications Officer at LIDC. 

To listen to previous podcasts in the Development Matters series, see here.