Antibiotic Awareness Week 2023 Date – What to do during WAAW?

One Health stakeholders worldwide participate in World AMR Antibiotic Awareness Week 2023 (WAAW) to increase awareness and promote best practices to prevent drug-resistant infections. Every year, from November 18 to 24, people celebrate WAAW.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2023

When bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites stop responding to antimicrobial treatments, it is known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Antibiotic Awareness Week 2023

Drug resistance increases the risk of disease transmission, serious illness, and death by making antibiotics and other antimicrobial treatments ineffective and making it harder or impossible to treat infections.

Every November 18–24 is World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW), a worldwide movement to raise awareness of this important topic. This year’s theme is preventing antimicrobial resistance together.

World AMR Awareness Week 2023

When bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites stop responding to antimicrobial treatments, it is known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Every year, from November 18–24, is WAAW.

Drug resistance increases the risk of disease transmission, serious illness, and death by making antibiotics and other antimicrobial treatments ineffective and making it harder or impossible to treat infections.

The World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW) is an international initiative to promote best practices across One Health stakeholders and increase awareness and knowledge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to slow the establishment and spread of drug-resistant illnesses

This year’s theme emphasizes cross-sectoral coordination to retain antibiotic efficacy. All sectors must utilize antimicrobials wisely, avoid infections, and dispose of antimicrobial-contaminated waste properly to limit AMR.

What can you do on AMR awareness?

There are many concrete steps you may take as a partner, student, member of a civil society organization, policy official, or stakeholder in the commercial sector to help halt the spread of AMR. 

Go Blue for AMR awareness:

  • Wear light blue while attending WAAW events; change the background of your social media accounts to blue; and explain your decision to Go Blue to friends, family, coworkers, and on social media.

Organize a community event: 

  • Public outreach and planning a community event will be crucial in igniting a conversation and educating people about AMR. 
  • You may schedule a speech at the event from the veterinarian or primary care physician in the area. 

You may also organize a training session for your team and peer group if you work in the field of human or animal health.

  • Hold prize-giving tournaments to get various constituencies talking about topics about AMR.

What is Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to fend against the effects of medications. Because of its resistance, the bacterium may proliferate and be spared from drug death. Treatment for infections caused by these resistant organisms is sometimes more complicated and expensive. 

Why is it important to preserve antimicrobials?

AMR poses a risk to public health worldwide. Resistance of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites to the actions of drugs is a dynamic phenomenon that increases the risk of severe sickness, mortality, and the spread of prevalent illnesses. 

Global travel and commerce, poor prescription methods, non-adherence by patients, and the overuse and abuse of antibiotics in people, animals, and plants have all contributed to the global increase in the danger posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). 

As a result, managing an increasing variety of infectious illnesses has become challenging, with grave consequences for both health and the economy. AMR has tremendous effects on health and healthcare systems. 

Multidrug-resistant diseases are thought to be the cause of 700,000 deaths globally annually. It is predicted that by 2050, the number of fatalities caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) might rise to 10 million annually worldwide if nothing is done.

Numerous advancements in modern medicine have made some treatments like chemotherapy, sophisticated surgery, and organ transplantation routine. Nevertheless, these very sensitive procedures are also being threatened by antibiotic resistance.

Investors Are Increasingly concerned about the Impacts of AMR

Investors are becoming aware of the economic dangers posed by factory farms’ use of antibiotics, which affect not just the factory farming business but also the food and beverage sector, the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, and the insurance sector. 

According to Abigail Herron, global head of responsible investing at Aviva Investors, “isn’t just health that’s at risk from the spread of drug-resistant ‘ superbugs’.” 

By 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) may wipe away $100 trillion in potential global production if current trends continue. 

Investors would be foolish to dismiss the impact AMR may have on their portfolios. 

Investors share Herron’s concerns. In recent years, shareholder advocacy and proxy advisory firms like As You Sow, Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR), and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) have helped major food producers, retailers, and hospitality companies address factory farming’s antibiotic overuse in their supply chains. 

The Yum! Brands family of businesses includes Costco, McDonald’s, Walmart, Wendy’s, and Wendy’s. 

As a result of commitments made by some of these large purchasers to reduce antibiotic usage in their supply chains, the likes of Cargill, Hormel, JBS (including Pilgrim’s Pride), and Tyson, among others, will be subject to increased scrutiny and criticism.

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