WHO global health days

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics

This year's theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Campaign objectives

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 poster
  • To make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue.
  • To raise awareness of the need to preserve the power of antibiotics through appropriate use.
  • To increase the recognition that individuals, health and agriculture professionals, and governments must all play a role in tackling antibiotic resistance.
  • To encourage behaviour change and convey the message that simple actions can make a difference.

How can I get involved?

WHO, alongside the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health, is developing a range of materials which will be available to the public in October. In the meantime, you can continue to spread the word and start planning now by:

  • Organizing events or activities in your workplace, community, school, university.
  • Spreading the word - you can find lots of information from last year's campaign on the WAAW website, and more social media materials will be available soon. Get active on your social media accounts and get your networks involved.
  • Reaching out to your local government representatives, local leaders or influencers and encouraging them to take action on antibiotic resistance.
  • Leading by example: ensure you only take antibiotics if prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional, practice good hand hygiene, and never share or use leftover antibiotics.

You can download all the campaign materials here: