World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is an annual observance that highlights the steps everyone can take to improve antibiotic use. The one-week awareness campaign aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of AMR, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.
Since 2018, AFIDEP has been working to identify and address barriers between in-country sectors involved in AMR control for the delivery of appropriate policy. This is through the Drivers of Resistance in Uganda and Malawi project.