World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18-24 November

A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training. WAAW is celebrated annually from 18 to 24 November.

Each year as part of our Patient and Public Engagement, Involvement and Participation (PPIEP) Strategy, our Unit highlights World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, usually via an Antimicrobial Amnesty event and stand.

This year, in light of COVID-19, the Unit has devised a video and social media campaign to raise awareness instead, encouraging others to share their “antimicrobial stories” by tweet, photo or short video.

WAAW 2021

WAAW 2021

Children of HPRU staff attend second annual high-level meeting on AMR for WAAW 2021

WAAW 2020

What have antimicrobials ever done for us?

Here, the children of HPRU staff explain the importance of antimicrobials in underpinning modern medicine, in an amusing and accessible way. Its purpose is to make people think broadly about how important antimicrobials are to their wellbeing.

How you can help

Join the conversation

Share your story using the hashtag #antimicrobial_stories about your own experience of antimicrobials, whether personal or professional. Be sure to tag our official @HPRU_amr account!

Join the pledge

Text: Become and Antibiotic Guardian with

Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.