European Antibiotic Awareness Day is back!

12/11/2021 News Europe , Policy 219 Views
European Antibiotic Awareness Day is back!

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is an annual event set up by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2008. The initiative is linked to the World Health Organisation’s antibiotics awareness week, which runs each year from 13-19 November.

The EEAD aims to increase awareness of European and global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microorganisms change and become resistant to antimicrobial drugs used to treat them. There are different types of antimicrobials which work against different types of microorganisms, such as antibacterials or antibiotics against bacteria, antivirals against viruses, and antifungals against fungi. Because of antibiotic resistance, the world is running out of effective antibiotics to treat infectious diseases.

AMR is listed as one of the top priorities in both the recently proposed pharmaceutical strategy and the EU4Health Programme designed to strengthen the resilience of health systems.

The rotating EU presidency currently held by Slovenia has also listed improving accessibility to and availability of medicines, especially where there may be a lack of commercial interest – such as in the case of antimicrobials – as one of their health priorities.

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