World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign held between 18-24 November every year to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and encourage best practices among the public.
AMR happens when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (microbes) no longer respond to medicines. This makes treating common infections more difficult, which in turn increases the risk of diseases spreading, potentially causing severe illness and death.
Many factors have accelerated the threat of AMR worldwide, including overuse and misuse of medicines in humans, livestock and agriculture, as well as poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The WAAW 2023 theme is ‘Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance together’.
UK Health Security Agency: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) collection