Antimicrobial resistance


World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2016

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, taking place 13‒19 November 2017, will be conducted under the theme “Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics”. The week is an opportunity to advocate for the proper use of antibiotics and raise awareness of antibiotics as a precious resource that must only be taken with a doctor’s prescription.

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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”.

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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).

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Become a WHO hero and pledge to fight antimicrobial resistance

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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