World Antimicrobial Awareness Week – 2022

24 Nov 2022

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week Program

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign that is celebrated annually to improve awareness and understanding of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and encourage best practices among the public, Health stakeholders and policymakers, who all play a critical role in reducing the further emergence and spread of AMR.

AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat. Researchers estimated that AMR in bacteria caused an estimated 1.27 million deaths in 2019.