Celebrated annually from 18–24 November, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines. This makes infections harder to treat and increases the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. Measures to prevent infection include getting vaccinated, practising safer sex, good hand hygiene, food safety practices, and increasing availability of water and sanitation facilities.
AMR is a complex problem affecting human, animal, plant and environmental health. Therefore, addressing AMR requires a holistic and multisectoral approach – referred to as a One Health approach. By designing and implementing multi-sectoral programmes, policies, legislation and research across human, terrestrial and aquatic animal and plant health, food and feed production and the environment, AMR can be effectively addressed to achieve better One Health outcomes. Everyone has a role to play.
(Source: WHO website)
The University continues to promote antimicrobial resistance messages from the UK government and Public Health England as well as WHO outside of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.
The University is engaged in cross-disciplinary research into antimicrobial resistance from examining deep-sea sponges in the search for new antibiotics, to inventing new technologies to detect antibiotic resistance in blood samples for more effective prescribing of antibiotics.
- News release (25 August 2020): Treating COVID-19 could lead to increased antimicrobial resistance
- News release (16 November 2020): Plymouth-led antibiotic discovery network goes global
- PR opinion (18 November 2020): 'A threat greater than COVID' – why we should be paying more attention to antimicrobial resistance
- News release (28 January 2021): Drugs used to treat HIV and flu can have detrimental impact on crops
- News release (18 November 2021): Funding to further Plymouth's work into antimicrobial discovery
- News release (17 November 2022): University hosts activities for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
Antibiotic resistant pathogens research group Antibiotic resistant pathogens research group projects
You may also be interested in The Big Talk by Dr Tina Joshi (presented as part of FUTURES2022) – "Why antimicrobial resistance needs a global persistence" on YouTube (running time: 55 minutes).