World Antibiotic Awareness Week: 12-18 November

13 November 2018

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Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers in order to avoid further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

The 2018 WAAW campaign seeks to provide greater flexibility to regions and countries to reflect their unique priorities, audiences, levels of awareness and enabling environment for behaviour change towards handling antibiotics with care. The messaging theme for WAAW 2018 will be anchored in the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, which offers a ‘one health’ and cross-sectoral approach to address the threat of AMR through its five strategic objectives.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a range of materials for WAAW, including posters, infographics and media resources, which are available on the WHO website

An evaluation of last year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day which highlights the success of activities from 2013 onwards and make recommendations for the future can be found on the Public Health England website