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S1 E5 : Post-antibiotic future with Dr. Hanan Balkhy of WHO

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**This is bonus content for episode 4. If you haven’t already, please listen to episode 4 before moving ahead with this one**

Antibiotic resistance is a problem of many countries and many bugs. So we hear from someone who has a bird’s eye view of this issue. Dr. Hanan Balkhy of the World Health Organisation.

Imagined Tomorrow is created and hosted by Shreya Dasgupta. The episode was co-edited by Abhishek Madan. Intro and outro music is by Abhijit Shylanath. Get in touch via Twitter, or email


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Dr. Hanan Balkhy, a professor of pediatric infection diseases and Assistant Director-General for Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization

Episode music:

Interlude music by Oleksii Kaplunskyi on Pixabay.

Episode image:

Klebsiella pneumoniae Bacteria Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Under CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

For further reading:

Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Available on Amazon)

Scoping Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in India. Read here.

Science journalist Priyanka Pulla has written some excellent stories on antimicrobial resistance:

· The superbugs of Hyderabad. Read here.

· Living in a world of emerging microbial resistance. Read here.

· India’s Hospitals Have an Infection Problem. Could Accreditation Be the Way to Go? Read here.

· The growing peril of drug-resistant superbugs. Read here.

· Explainer: Why Is Multi-Drug Resistance a Problem? Read here.

· How India got blindsided by a deadly mucormycosis outbreak. Read here.

WHO’s Aware tool

WHO’s priority bacteria list.

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