World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is an international public health awareness week held in November each year.
For 2019 WAAW which will be 18-22 November 2019, Public Health England (PHE) and Royal Pharmaceutical Society are encouraging healthcare professionals (HCP) such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health protection teams., to volunteer in schools/communities to pilot a new scheme called Antibiotic Guardian Schools’ Ambassadors to educate young people on important public health topics; microbes, hygiene, infection prevention and antibiotics.
Why is this important?
Antimicrobial resistance remains of the key problems within community and hospital settings within Europe. In many European countries, antibiotic prescription rates are highest in children.
Improved hygiene in schools/communities reduces the transmission of infection, reduces illness in young people and their parents and resulting absenteeism. Antimicrobial resistance is a major threat to public health and it is essential to educate our future generation of antibiotic users and prescribers about this issue. HCPs will make use the freely available and evidence-based Public Health England resources, e-Bug, Keep Antibiotics Working and Antibiotic Guardian, to educate young people.
How will this benefit your local school/community?
What can you do as an Antibiotic Ambassador?
Easy to use resources are available
Please contact Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.