Why an Antibiotic Awareness Week?

WORLD ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK


Antibiotics: handle with care

The World Health Organization is leading a global campaign ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care’ calling on individuals, governments, agriculture and professionals to take action to address this urgent problem.

Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the correct use of antibiotics across all sectors to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Raising awareness about antimicrobial resistance was identified in the Action Agenda for Antimicrobial Resistance in the Western Pacific Region. The Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance endorsed at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015 also identified awareness raising as a key objective.

The theme of the campaign, Antibiotics: Handle with Care, reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and their effectiveness should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified health professional. Antibiotics should never be shared and the full course of treatment should be completed – not saved for the future.

WHO is encouraging all Member States and health partners to join this campaign and help raise awareness of this issue.

 

Countries and areas:

There are 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region.

These are:

American SamoaAmerican Samoa (USA)
AustraliaAustralia
BruneiBrunei Darussalam
CambodiaCambodia
ChinaChina
Cook islandsCook Islands
TuvaluFiji
French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia (France)
GuamGuam (USA)
Hong KongHong Kong (China)
JapanJapan
KiribatiKiribati
LaosLao People's Democratic Republic
MacaoMacao (China)
MalaysiaMalaysia
MarshallMarshall Islands
MicronesiaMicronesia, Federated States of
MongoliaMongolia
NauruNauru
New CaledoniaNew Caledonia (France)

PhilippinesPhilippines
PNGPapua New Guinea
PalauPalau
NiueNiue
New ZealandNew Zealand
R_KoreaRepublic of Korea
SamoaSamoa
SingaporeSingapore
SolomonSolomon Islands
TongaTonga
TuvaluTuvalu
VanuatuVanuatu
VietNamViet Nam
N_MarianaNorthern Mariana Islands,
BlankCommonwealth of the (USA)
PitcairnPitcairn Islands (UK)
TokelauTokelau* (New Zealand)
WallisWallis and Futuna (France)

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