Schools registration – World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

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 has never been more important. It reduces the transmission of infection, reduces illness in young people and their parents and resulting absenteeism.

Overuse of 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 Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), an international and national public health awareness week held in November each year between 18 and 24 November, you are invited to register for your school/community group to add a short article (256 words) on antibiotic awareness and infection prevention within your usual newsletter cascaded during November or December 2020. This newsletter short article covers antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention, hand hygiene and self-care, as well as linking to e-Bug learning resources for school children.


How will this benefit your school/community?

  • Potential improvement in hygiene and subsequent illness in schools/communities
  • Use evidence-based resources linked to the English National Curriculum
  • Understand the roles of Healthcare Professionals in tackling antibiotic resistance
  • Support application for Healthy Schools status

What to do now?
• Register your school’s/community’s involvement by distributing the newsletter below.

  • If you would like to access a toolkit of teaching materials (including social distancing-friendly games and activities) to share learning on AMR and hygiene in schools further, please email to request a free copy.

For more general information about WAAW contact Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope via




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