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 antibiotic so 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.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

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

Antibiotics are important and powerful medicines and you should only take them when prescribed to you by a healthcare worker. And you must follow the dosage and instructions provided.

 

This article is adapted from WHO website, click the link below to view the full story: 

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/world-antibiotic-awareness-week-2019/landing

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