Nov 18, 2019
Antibiotic resistance has become a major health issue. The correct diagnosis, the patient’s condition, the location of the infection, the sensitivity of the causal microbes, the side effects and costs are all factors contributing this major global problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is important to warn on the rational use of antibiotics at each level from the farmers, food industry, and healthcare practitioners to the end-users and patients.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to improve antibiotic use and tackle the growing resistance problem. A global action plan was approved at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. Communication, education and training are key factors to optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health. Prevention is the key to spread the antibiotic resistance. This year the WAAW will be hold from November 18th to November 24th 2019.