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Monday, November 17, 2014

Antibiotic Awareness Week - India. 15th to 22nd November, 2014

Contributed by: Dr. Akilesh & Dr. Tamhankar 
AWAKEAWAKE (Awareness Week on Antibiotic Knowledge and Education) is an initiative of EARS, a non profit, non Govt organization to create week long awarness compaign (15th to 22rd November, 2014) in India.

The objective of this endeavour is:
  • Educating public and healthcare providers about rational use of antibiotics
  • Spreading awareness about the rising antimicrobial resistance
  • Promoting hygiene and sanitation as a step towards stopping spread of resistance
What can you do ?
  • If you are a healthcare provider, take a pledge that you would not prescribe antibiotics irrationally. You can organize seminars / talks / send SMS / Emails to your colleagues and peers to avoid antibiotic abuse.
  • If you are a patient / caregiver / non-medico you can take a pledge that you would NOT permit self-prescriptions of antibiotics. Also patient / caregivers should make it a point to discuss with your healthcare provider whenever being prescribed antibiotics. 
On the world front, Antibiotic Awareness Week is being celebrated now through the initiatives of ReACT
US, Canada and Australia - Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 17-23
Thailand, Europe, Hong Kong and Mexico among others - are celebrating Antibiotic Awareness Day on November 18th