National and Global campaigns
British Science Week
British Science Week is a 10-day programme of thousands of events running throughout the whole of the UK with the aim of celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths. With no restrictions on who can organise events, the topics on which they are focused, the audience or the venue, the resulting programme is a hugely varied and eclectic mix suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global 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.
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.
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
Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.