2024 WHO Bacterial Priority Pathogens List (WHO BPPL)

Jun 20, 2024

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The 2024 WHO Bacterial Priority Pathogens List (WHO BPPL) is an important tool in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Building on the 2017 edition, the 2024 WHO BPPL updates and refines the prioritization of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens to address the evolving challenges of antibiotic resistance.

The list categorizes these pathogens into critical, high, and medium priority groups to inform research and development (R&D) and public health interventions.

In 2017, WHO developed the first BPPL to guide investment into the R&D of new antibacterials (3). Twenty-five ABR phenotypes were initially prioritized, but the final list was streamlined to include 13 bacterial pathogens (phenotypes).

Since its launch, the BPPL has been used to analyse antibacterials in the pipeline, and the results have been published in annual WHO reports.

What is new in 2024 updates?


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