November 14-20 marks the 2016 edition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a time where health organizations around the world focus on getting the word out about antibiotic resistance, its threats to global health, and what can be done to prevent it. One of the organizations most active in Antibiotic Awareness Week is the World Health Organization (WHO), which also runs its Antibiotics: Handle With Care campaign to promote the prudent use of antibiotics and preservation of antibiotics as a treatment resource.
As part of this campaign, WHO has released its newly updated fact sheet in October, which includes an introduction to the problem as well as steps for prevention for everyone from individuals to policy makers to the healthcare industry. So, what can we learn from WHO this Antibiotic Awareness Week?
- Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today
- Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age in any country
- Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
- A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
- Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality”
Take the opportunity this November to learn more about the most serious health threat the world faces today!
If you’re interested in learning more about antibiotic resistance and what can be done to stop it, join us at World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA 2017, held September 14-15 in Washington, DC.