World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated every year to increase global awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) 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.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time when exposed to antimicrobials and don’t respond to medicines. In such cases, common infections become difficult to treat and increase the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. This is termed as antimicrobial resistance.
As resistance is developing to a wider range of drugs, the focus of the campaign has been broadened from antibiotics to all antimicrobials. The slogan for WAAW 2020 is "Antimicrobials: handle with care" applicable to all sectors. The theme for the human health sector for WAAW 2020 is “United to preserve antimicrobials".
Many factors have accelerated the threat of antimicrobial resistance worldwide such as-
Global Action Plan
Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2015 formed the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (
The Tripartite Organizations [World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)] are launching a One Health Global Leaders Group on AMR to address the urgent challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance. The new Global Leaders Group will advance the
National Programme on Containment of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)
India has given due cognizance to the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to tackle this issue, Government of India has launched a “National Programme on Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance” under the 12th five-year plan (2012-2017).
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India has formulated the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (NAP-AMR) in alignment with the global action plan (GAP-AMR) in April 2017. In July 2017 India is also enrolled into new global AMR surveillance system- GLASS (Global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system)
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018