Since 2015, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) has been observed aiming enhanced awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health professionals and policy makers across different sectors to reduce the further emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. The WAAW has been hugely instrumental at raising the level of awareness across the Asia-Pacific Region.
2020 marks the sixth year of the awareness week and for the first time the week will be called World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, marking a shift to move away from solely antibiotics to a broader group of antimicrobials including antifungals and antiparasitic products.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Tripartite (FAO-OIE-WHO), together with UNEP planned a number of events to mark WAAW to demonstrate they were united to fight antimicrobial resistance. The virtual meeting was organized on 24 of November at 2.00 pm Bangkok time to celebrate the successful conclusion of a week of events on AMR in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The aim of the proposed webinar was to showcase activities that have been undertaken in the Region by highlighting the role of One Health in supporting Member States.