World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

18th to 24th November is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign celebrated annually to bring awareness and understanding of AMR and encourage best practices.

What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat. Researchers estimated that AMR in bacteria caused an estimated 1.27 million deaths in 2019.
Source – who.int

 

Key Events During AMR Awareness Week

If you are looking for information such as key dates of lectures and conferences during this week such as:

  • Global AMR Youth Summit
  • Governance approaches for prevention and control
  • Antimicrobials Rational Use
  • Accelerate tackling AMR at the national, regional, and global levels

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If you would like to get involved with the conversation on Twitter use the hashtags #WAAW, #AntimicrobialResistance, #AMR