World Antibiotic Awareness Week

2015 World Antibiotic Awareness Week postcard

WHO survey reveals widespread misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance

16 November 2015 -- 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. A new survey, released today, coincides with the launch of World Antibiotics Awareness Week — a global initiative to improve understanding of the problem and change the way antibiotics are used.

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2015 World Antibiotic Awareness Week postcard

Antibiotics: Handle with care

November 2015 -- The first World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 16 to 22 November 2015. The campaign aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

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Clinics in Thailand target antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea

11 November -- Gonorrhoea is one of the infections that could become untreatable due to antibiotic resistance. Gonorrhoea that is resistant to antibiotics has already been reported in 36 countries. WHO is supporting Thailand to enhance the surveillance of gonorrhoea to help track the emergence and spread of the resistant infections and recommend the most effective antibiotic regimen.

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Muriel FeaKali with her mother Janet, Dr Alex Munamua (NRH Surgeon), Julie Zinihite (Chief Pharmacist)

Small islands, big step: tackling antibiotic resistance in Solomon Islands

6 November 2015 -- Over time, bacteria adapt and antibiotics stop working. In Solomon Islands a group of medical trainees advocated for better standards when prescribing antibiotics. With support from WHO, the Solomon Islands’ first set of clinical guidelines has now been developed to help doctors and nurses make the right decisions about when to prescribe antibiotics, which antibiotics to prescribe, and for how long their patients should take them.

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 2015 World Antibiotic Awareness Week postcard

Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

October 2015 -- Antimicrobial resistance is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine. The goal of the global action plan is to ensure, for as long as possible, continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality-assured, used in a responsible way, and accessible to all who need them.

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2015 World Antibiotic Awareness Week postcard

Antibiotic resistance

October 2015 -- Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria, not humans, become antibiotic resistant. These bacteria may then infect humans and are harder to treat than non-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance leads to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays and increased mortality.

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