World Antibiotics Awareness Week takes place from 16-22 November. The campaign aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. It is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and putting people everywhere at risk.
The World Health Organization is leading a global campaign ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care’ calling on individuals, governments, health and agriculture professionals to take action to address this urgent problem.
Working together, we can ensure antibiotics are used only when necessary and as prescribed. Antibiotics are a precious resource that we cannot continue to take for granted—we need to handle them with care.