Dear Headteacher/teacher/Community leader,
Thank you for your interest to register your school’s activities for World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Improved hygiene in schools/communities reduces the transmission of infection, reduces illness in young people and their parents and resulting absenteeism.
Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside individuals to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when they are really needed. This puts children and their families at risk of a more severe or longer illness.
As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), an international and national public health awareness week held in November each year, you are invited to register for your school/community group to have a visit from an Antibiotic Ambassador to visit your school/group to deliver a short education session for children/young adults including microbes, hygiene, infection prevention and antibiotics.
They will be making use of evidence-based Public Health England resources, for example e-Bug, Keep Antibiotics Working and Antibiotic Guardian, to educate young people.
How will this benefit your school/community?
How will the education be delivered?
The education can be delivered in a variety of interactive ways:
1. as a lesson to one class (eg a science/PSHE lesson) OR a session during an assembly to the whole school;
2. as a short activity or a whole session in the community.
If attendance to deliver a session would not fit with plans for November, there is an option to include a newsletter item about infection prevention and antibiotic awareness during the week. A template will be provided.
What to do now?
• Register your school’s/community’s involvement below.
For more general information about WAAW contact Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope via firstname.lastname@example.org