Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from November 14–20th and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue. World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness ofglobal antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further growth and spread of antibiotic resistance.
All health services and hospitals are encouraged to take part in Antibiotic Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and ways to address this issue.
Antibiotics are a precious resource that could be lost. Antibiotic resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human and animal health. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stops an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may be impossible to treat. Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve this problem. Misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance. Whenever antibiotics must be used, they must be used with care.
A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was supported at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.
The theme of the campaign, Antibiotics: Handle with Care, reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified human or animal health professional.
Antibiotics should never be shared or saved for the future.
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