World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Biofilm of antibiotic resistant rod-shaped bacteria

Held every November since 2015, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) gauges awareness levels in all sectors of the population via a short questionnaire and promotes the issue via a number of resources that can be found on the links below.

Antibiotic resistance awareness events

The University continues to promote antibiotic resistance messages from the UK government and Public Health England outside of World Antibiotic Awareness Week. 

'Antibiotic Resistance: Rising to the challenge of a global health time bomb' was held on Monday 22 January 2018 as part of the University's Research Festival

In this interactive session, attendees participated in the very early stages of the antibiotic discovery process, and had hands-on experience of the most advanced DNA sequencing technology available.

STI workshop - Techniquest Valentines After Hours event (15 February, 18:30-22:00, Cardiff)

This event (aimed at the general public - adults only) will focus on understanding what STIs are, how they're transmitted and draw attention to antimicrobial resistant infections. 

The key message is to ensure that safe sex is practised to reduce transfer of pathogens and antimicrobial resistant sexual infections.

The talk will be interactive with quizzes and demonstrations/activities that the participants can do.

Contact tina.joshi@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

The battle for supremacy between bacteria and antibiotics normally goes unseen, either behind closed doors in the laboratory or concealed deep within the human body. But now that complex contest is being translated into music thanks to a performance in which the worlds of art and science will combine to striking effect.

Artibiotics is the brainchild of Professor Eduardo Miranda, Director of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which takes place at the University from 2-4 March 2018

In it bacteria and antibiotics are presented as sound, and the performance will chart their quest to respectively damage and defend the DNA of their host.

“With a global rise in resistance, developing new antibiotics is one of the key scientific challenges of our time. But the world of synthetic biology currently has something of a negative image – and perhaps the arts can help to break that." (Professor Eduardo Miranda)  

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest significant threats to global health that is facing us today.

KEY FACTS (source: WHO factsheet)

  • Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
  • Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
  • A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
  • Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic resistant. 

These bacteria may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.

Why antibiotic resistance is relevant to you:

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become 'Antibiotic Guardians'. 

Antibiotic Guardians’ pledge to help raise the profile of antibiotic resistance – you can sign up via the 'Pledge now!' button above.

CALL TO ACTION: Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.