Antimicrobial resistance

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2018

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2019: The future of antibiotics depends on us all

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2019

The theme of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, from 18 to 24 November 2019, is “The future of antibiotics depends on us all”. The campaign aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices among communities, policy-makers and health workers in both the human and animal health fields.

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What is antimicrobila resistance?

What is antimicrobial resistance?

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. Resistant microorganisms are able to withstand attack by antimicrobial drugs, such as antibacterial drugs (e.g. antibiotics), antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that standard treatments become ineffective and infections persist, increasing the risk of spread to others. When microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs”.


What is the difference between antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance?

Difference between antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance

What is the difference between antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria, not humans, become antibiotic resistant. These bacteria may then infect humans and are harder to treat than non-resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial resistance is a broader term, encompassing resistance to drugs to treat infections caused by other microbes as well, such as parasites (e.g. malaria), viruses (e.g. HIV) and fungi (e.g. Candida).


Pledge to become a WHO hero for antibiotic resistance

Pledge to become a WHO hero for antibiotic resistance Join our antimicrobial resistance hero initiative that gives you the opportunity to fight antimicrobial resistance and help ensure that antibiotics remain effective to save lives.


Test your knowledge

Test your knowledge about anitmicrobial resistanceTest your knowledge about antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial surveillance, community hygiene practices and infection control and prevention.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2016

The campaign aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agricultural sector.

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Global action plan

Global action plan for antimicrobial resistance

At the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015, the World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, the most urgent drug resistance trend.

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