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.
American Samoa (USA)
French Polynesia (France)
Hong Kong (China)
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Micronesia, Federated States of
New Caledonia (France)