World AMR Awareness Week 2023
World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign to raise awareness and understanding of AMR and promote best practices among One Health stakeholders to reduce the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. WAAW is celebrated from 18-24 November every year.
The theme for the 2023 WAAW is the same as 2022, “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together“. AMR is a threat to humans, animals, plants, and the environment. It affects us all. That is why this year’s theme calls for cross-sectoral collaboration to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials.
To effectively reduce AMR, all sectors must use antimicrobials prudently and appropriately, take preventive measures to decrease the incidence of infections and follow good practices in disposal of antimicrobial contaminated waste.
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.