World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to highlight the issue of antibiotic resistance, one of the most significant current threats to global health.
As part of WAAW, the University will be promoting messages from the UK government and Public Health England. The week seeks to gauge awareness levels in all sectors of the population using a short questionnaire and promotes the issue via a number of resources that can be found on the above links.
A key aim is also to recruit ‘Antibiotic Guardians’ who pledge to help raise the profile of antibiotic resistance – you can sign up via 'Pledge now!' button above.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.
Why it is relevant to you: 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.
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'.
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.
Opinion: What needs to be done to tackle the global crisis in antibiotics (Dr Mathew Upton, Associate Professor (Reader) in Medical Microbiology, 19 November 2015)