World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 14th to 20th November 2016

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 14th to 20th November 2016

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016

14th to 20th November 2016

November the 14th marks the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW). This is a great opportunity to emphasize the problem and increase awareness and engagement. The CPA will mark WAAW through the following activities and would encourage you to join us in raising awareness:

1. Launch of new antimicrobial stewardship resource hub

  • This week also marks the launch of the CPA’s new website! We would like to use this opportunity to introduce a new resource hub for members that has been added to the website, the ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) portal’ http://amsportal.org

  • This ‘toolkit’ signposts users to resources and information that promotes learning about microbiology and antimicrobial stewardship. This resource has been collaboratively developed by the CPA, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and University College London, and funded by Health Education England North Central and East London.

Other resources worth highlighting include:

Excellent video by Harvard Medical School that visually demonstrates the development of resistance ‘The Evolution of Bacteria on a "Mega-Plate" Petri Dish’

2. Launch of AMR discussion on the Commonwealth Health Hub

The week of 14 th November the CPA will be hosting a discussion on AMR on the Commonwealth Health Hub, to increase awareness and mark the launch of the Commonwealth’s own AMR Policy Brief. Health ministers and high level policy makers have been invited to comment on this discussion. You will receive a separate invite to participate from the Commonwealth Secretariat. This is a great opportunity to highlight issues in your own countries to very high-level audience. Please contribute to the discussion!

To join The Commonwealth Health  Hub and Community of Practice, sign up here, or for more information contact the Facilitation Team at healthhub@commonwealth.int.

3. Dissemination of a new Antibiotic Guardian flyer

3. Dissemination of a new Antibiotic Guardian flyer

The CPA, in collaboration with our member organizations, has been working to increase awareness of AMR since July by widely publicizing through our networks the Antibiotic Guardian initiative that was begun in England to encourage people to commit to better use of antimicrobials (see attached for example). We would encourage you and your members to make a pledge http://antibioticguardian.com and have attached with this letter a new flyer to promote the Antibiotic Guardian Campaign and would invite you to disseminate this to your own members.

  • AMR is today’s problem and it needs to be top of everyone’s agendas. This is not an easy issue to solve; increasing awareness of AMR and optimizing the use of antibiotics are only part of the solution, but everyone can all a play a part, no matter how small.

  • The Commonwealth spirit would encourage us to commit to work together and share the tools, resources and expertise that we have to support all our nations in developing and delivering an effective action plan to tackle this issue.