World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018

12–18 November 2018

One health: protecting antibiotics

This year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week in the WHO European Region focuses on taking a one health approach, recognizing that human health and animal health are inextricably linked. Overusing antibiotics to produce animals for food is accelerating antimicrobial resistance with potentially devastating consequences for human health.

During Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 WHO/Europe is joining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to urge the European Region to promote the responsible and prudent use of antibiotics across sectors and with different professions working together, from vets to doctors, pharmacists to farmers.

About World Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

WHO/Europe urges all countries in the Region to take part in the week. As resistance of microbes to antibiotics knows no borders, this is a unique opportunity to join the global community in advocating for prudent antibiotic use. World Antibiotic Awareness Week continues and broadens the scope of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, a European initiative that WHO/Europe joined in 2012 and extended to non-European Union countries.