World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

Children washing hands

Save the date: World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017

This year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 13 to 19 November. WHO is encouraging all Member States, health partners and students, and the public to join this campaign and help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Infographics and posters on antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause. This is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in medicine. WHO designed infographics and posters on antibiotic resistance for campaigns.

toolkit 2016

Handle antibiotics with care

November 2016 -- You are invited to join the campaign to help raise awareness and understanding of this urgent problem, and spark the changes needed to ensure antibiotics are used only when necessary and as prescribed by a health professional. Please note: New materials will be available for WAAW 2017 at the end of September. Please check back in then to find everything you need to hold your own successful 2017 campaign activities

WHO Thailand /Chadin Tephaval

Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. It is the most urgent of the drug-resistant trends. Learn more about antibiotic resistance, the scope of the issue and the steps that can be taken to reduce the impact and limit the spread.

WHO Thailand /Chadin Tephaval
2015 World Antibiotic Awareness Week postcard

WHO survey reveals widespread misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance compromises the treatment of infectious diseases and undermining advances in health and medicine. Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.


Campaign updates

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Countdown to World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017