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Spread awareness, stop resistance – getting ready for WAAW and EAAD
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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Like every year, the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) – taking place from 18th to 24th of November 2021 – will be used to strengthen awareness about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In Europe, the 18th of November traditionally marks the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD). Both WHO and the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC) will prepare materials that can be used during EAAD and WAAW to raise awareness about AMR.

This year’s WAAW campaign will encourage stakeholders, including policymakers, health care providers, and the general public to recognize that everyone can be an AMR Awareness champion. Participants are encouraged to spread awareness about what AMR is, share stories about its consequences, and demonstrate how the actions of individuals, families, professionals, and communities affect the spread of AMR.

EAAD provides a platform for and support to national campaigns on prudent use of antibiotics, with over 43 countries having had campaigns since its initiation in 2008. The 2021 edition will focus on the theme ‘In times of COVID-19, don’t forget about antimicrobial resistance. Stay united to preserve antimicrobials’.

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