Last updated: 1 Dec 2021

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

Event: “AMR Storytellers from the Asia-Pacific”

As part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, an event presenting the activites of the Tripartite + UNEP addressing AMR was held on 24 November, titled “AMR Storytellers from the Asia-Pacific“. The event was held on Zoom and live streamed on YouTube.

“Spread awareness, stop resistance”

Antimicrobials are vital to protect animal health and welfare. However, overuse and misuse of these agents is increasing development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on a global scale. In November 2016, the OIE launched its “Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials” to help combat this rise in AMR.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is held annually from 18-24 November. Since last year, the scope was broadened from “antibiotics” to “antimicrobials”. In recognition of the need to raise renewed popular and political awareness of, and commitment to, tackling the emergence of AMR, the Tripartite (FAO, the OIE and WHO) announced the theme for the WAAW 2021 campaign: “Spread awareness, stop resistance”. As in previous years, the overall slogan for AMR awareness and WAAW is “Antimicrobials: Handle with care”.

With the theme “Spread awareness, stop resistance”, we intend to encourage stakeholders in human, animal, and environmental health sectors to be champions of the global AMR response, among their families, communities, and places of work. Stakeholders are encouraged to engage with global and regional campaign activities, and to organise their own events and forums to share knowledge about what antimicrobial resistance is, its consequences, and how the actions of households, professionals, and communities can affect the control or spread of AMR.

WAAW is about raising awareness and understanding of AMR through effective communication, education and training. As such, the OIE is encouraging Members to organise communication campaigns on AMR through this week. The OIE would like to highlight activities performed within regions on a global scale, particularly in dissemination of the OIE’s messages on AMR. We would therefore kindly ask you to share with us details of any WAAW related activities being undertaken (email rr.asiapacific@oie.int).

Members’ activities in WAAW 2021 (New: 1 December 2021)

 

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