Antimicrobial agents are essential drugs to combat infections in humans and animals. In recent decades, the world has been confronted with the accelerated emergence of resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites due to the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is currently posing an extraordinary threat not only to human and animal health, but also to the world ecosystem. A shared responsibility from the human, animal and plant sectors is required to minimize pressure for the selection of AMR factors under the One Health approach from regional, national to international levels. AMR is one of the three flagship topics selected for FAO/OIE/WHO tripartite collaboration.
The OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific and the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia have been organising activities on AMR and AMU (antimicrobial usage) since 2018 to support the OIE Members in the region drive the agenda of AMR/AMU.
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is used to highlight the health risks posed by antimicrobial resistance and to promote good practice in this area of concern, in efforts to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world. Every year, the OIE supports Members to conduct awareness raising activities.
WAAW (2021) Spread awareness, stop resistance
WAAW (2020) Antimicrobials: Handle with Care
WAAW(2019) including various communication tools and members’ activities
The OIE created and published communication materials for AMR awareness raising and the OIE RRAP and SRR-SEA supported Members to translate these materials into various languages.