The WHO report, which is based on 2015 data collected in 65 countries and regions, shows a significant difference in consumption, ranging from 4 DDD per 1,000 inhabitants per day in Burundi to more than 64 in Mongolia. "These differences indicate that some countries probably consume many antibiotics, while others may not have enough access to these drugs," he warned the WHO in a statement.
Discovered in the 1920s, antibiotics saved tens of millions of lives effectively fighting bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and meningitis. But over the decades, bacteria have changed to resist these drugs.
WHO has warned many times that the world would be left without effective antibiotics and last year, the UN specialized agency called on states and leading pharmaceutical companies to create a new generation of drugs capable of fighting ultra-resistant "superbugs."