World Antibiotic Awareness Week 18-24 November, 2019

22 November, 2019

Extracts below and a comment from me. Read online:


Every year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated by governments, health facilities, schools and communities across the globe. The campaign highlights best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to help stop the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Why is it important?

In 2015, the Sixty-Eighth World Health Assembly, endorsed the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, calling for a dedicated global campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of antibiotic resistance. World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place every November to promote global education on antibiotics, how they should be used, and the growing risks of antibiotic resistance. But for now, global awareness of all these issues remains relatively low.

Although raising individuals’ awareness of antibiotics and resistance is important, the campaign recognizes that real and actionable change happens when communities everywhere become engaged.

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In 2016, one quarter of healthcare facilities lacked basic water services, and 21% did not have any form of sanitation.


Comment (NPW): Universal access to reliable information for prescribers and users of antibiotics (and other medicines) is the low-hanging fruit that has not yet been grasped. Such access would go a long way to help prevent antimicrobial resistance. It is a prerequisite for rational prescribing. .

‘Globally, most prescribers receive most of their prescribing information from the pharmaceutical industry and in many countries this is the only information they receive.’ World Medicines Report, World Health Organization 2011

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

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