World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

About World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

We celebrate World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) annually from 18 to 24 November.

Three organisations work together each year to coordinate the global WAAW campaign, the:

Participants are encouraged to:

  • spread awareness about what AMR is
  • share stories about its consequences
  • demonstrate how the actions of individuals, families, professionals, and communities affect the spread of AMR.

Learn more about WAAW.

WAAW news

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week runs from 18 to 24 November every year with this year’s theme Spread Awareness: Stop Resistance. It’s an international initiative to increase awareness of the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines.
To mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week for 2021, we are reminding all Australians what antimicrobial resistance is, and what each of us can do to prevent it. The global theme for this year is Spread Awareness: Stop Resistance.
This week we remind ourselves that using antibiotics too much or incorrectly increases drug resistance in the bugs we’re trying to kill. This makes infections harder to treat and increases the risk of disease, severe illness and death. Only use antibiotics when necessary and as directed by your doctor.
To mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week for 2020, we are reminding all Australians to stop and think very carefully about how they use antimicrobial medicines (antimicrobials). The global theme for this year is Antimicrobials: handle with care.
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