World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW); the history and the goal

Have you known that November 14th-28th has been declared as World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)?. Yup, this event begins from the appearance of a global action; to overcome the problem of antibiotic resistance and other antimicrobial drugs. This event was later adopted at the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the main objectives of the plan is to increase awareness; and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education, and training.

The Goal of WAAW

Based from World Health Organization (WHO), this events has two goals:

– create the global antimicrobial resistance awareness

– Give the courage to health workers, policymakers; and among the general public to keep the best practices to avoid the spread of drug-resistant infections

What is Antimicrobial Resistance

Based on World Health Organization, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganism such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites to not respond and against the medicines. This ability could impact the treatment, bacause antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death.

Why Antimicrobial Resistance is Important

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health issue; and a developing threat among the world. Anti-microbe can cure infection due to ability to kill the infectious pathogen. But when the anti-microbe have the ability to to keep alive though; it is anti-microbe, the infection could not be cure. The one solution is giving another strong anti-microbe as treatment. The big problem arouse when the pathogen also have ability to keep alive although there is strong anti-microbe. Because it means that the pathogen could not be killed and the infection could not be cure. Another problem is this pathogen ability inherit to their clone. This will be a big problem, because the infection become severe and the patient could die.

What can we do now?

As a commoners we must aware that anti-microbials, are only taken when necessary as a recipe from the doctor. This action should be taken at every level, from individuals, governments, and large organizations around the world. Without immediate action, AMR will threat us because the infection and minor injuries can once again be fatal.

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