Antibiotic Guardian Schools’ Ambassadors: Pharmacy Professionals
The World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is an international public health awareness campaign held in November each year. For 2019 WAAW, which will be 18-22 November 2019, RPS and Boots are working with PHE and encouraging pharmacy professionals (members of staff, Boards and Expert Advisory Groups) to sign up as Antibiotic Guardian Ambassadors, a pilot to educate young people on important public health topics: microbes, hygiene, infection prevention and antibiotics.
What can you do as an Antibiotic Ambassador? As an Antibiotic Ambassador, you can do one or more of the following options:
- Deliver an education lesson to one class, or a session during assembly at your local primary or secondary school.
- Deliver a short activity or a whole education session to children in your local community.
- Encourage your local school to include a newsletter item on antibiotic resistance during WAAW.
Why is this important?
Antimicrobial resistance remains one of the key problems within community and hospital settings within Europe. In many European countries, antibiotic prescription rates are highest in children.