World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
18 – 24 November 2023
"Preventing antimicrobial resistance together"
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to antimicrobial agents. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents become ineffective and infections become difficult or impossible to treat, increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death.
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is your chance to be part of a worldwide movement dedicated to combating this urgent crisis. WAAW, observed from November 18th to 24th every year, unites people to raise awareness about AMR and inspire action.
This year's theme emphasizes the importance of collaboration across sectors to safeguard the effectiveness of antimicrobials. It's a call to arms for individuals, communities, healthcare professionals, veterinarians, environmentalists, and policymakers to come together and embrace a shared responsibility. By working collectively, we can make a significant impact.
Here's how you can make a difference:
Use antimicrobials wisely and responsibly.
Take preventative measures to reduce infection rates.
Follow best practices for the disposal of antimicrobial-contaminated waste.
Join us in the fight against AMR during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2023. Together, we can protect our health, our planet, and the generations to come. Let's unite for a world free from the threat of drug-resistant infections.
Infection, Disease & Health
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is global health threat. The causes and contributors to AMR vary, but include selective pressures by the overuse of antibiotics, genetic elements and substandard infection prevention and control practices. Infection Disease and Health is primarily concerned with the prevention and control of infections in human health. In this special issue of the journal, we have compiled a selection of articles that are related to one of the biggest challenges of our time – AMR. The articles included in this special issue include a broad range of topics, from antimicrobial stewardship, knowledge and attitudes towards antibiotics, prescribing practices and cost. Articles cover a diverse range of health settings, including hospitals, general practice and broader public health considerations. The special issue provides a great example of how the journal serves as an important platform for health research and uniquely contributes to the infection prevention and control agenda internationally.