European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2019

12 November 2019

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which takes place on 18 November 2019, is a health initiative coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in partnership with the World Health Organization’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which runs from 18 to 24 November 2019, and provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics in the EU/EEA.

ECDC is marking the 12th EAAD with an EU-level event in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference will be live streamed on ECDC EAAD Facebook channel on 18 November 2019. Viewers are encouraged to join the event to see key note speeches and panel discussions with invited governmental institutions, professional and patient organisations, country representatives and media.

On the same day, ECDC will publish its annual update on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption surveillance data from EU/EEA countries. Additionally, a report with the results of the first multi-country and multi-professional study on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of healthcare workers with respect to antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance across 30 EU/EEA countries, will be published at the same time.

A special edition of Eurosurveillance on antimicrobial use and prevalence of healthcare-associated infections in acute and long-term care facilities has been published to mark EAAD.

Source: ECDC, November 2019