What is your Antibiotic Footprint?
Updated: Nov 22, 2021
To help reduce the overuse of antibiotics, researchers have released a new, easy to use online tool – Antibiotic Footprint Calculator – that could make an important contribution in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the world’s most significant emerging threats to public health.
The world’s first readily available online tool of its kind, Antibiotic Footprint Calculator (www.antibioticfootprint.net/calculator) lets a user quickly estimate their antibiotic footprint: how many total mgs of antibiotics they consume per year, both directly from taking antibiotics and indirectly from eating meat from animals fed antibiotics.
Since antibiotic consumption varies significantly around the globe, the Calculator also includes per capita (average) national antibiotic consumption data from 218 countries – allowing users to compare their footprint with others and against their own — or any other — country’s average.
Among countries with open-access and official data of both human and animal consumptions available, Thailand has the highest country average at 38.56 grams/person/year – significantly higher than countries with the lowest footprint: Estonia (5.74 grams/person/year), Netherlands (6.57 grams/person/year) and Austria (6.59 grams/person/year).
Funded with support from Greenpeace Thailand, World Animal Protection Thailand, and Wellcome (UK), Antibiotic Footprint Calculator was released during the WHO World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, 18-24 Nov 2021.
Find out your antibiotic footprint here www.antibioticfootprint.net/calculator