World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017


WAAW - November 13 - 19, 2017

One of the greatest threats we face globally is the growing resistance to existing antibiotics. To protect their effectiveness remains a priority. Therefore the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) launched the campaign for the World Antibiotic Awarness Week (WAAW) in 2015.

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics

This is the theme of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures that patients get the best treatment - a responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

    The Campaign objectives

  • To make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue.
  • To raise awareness of the need to preserve the power of antibiotics through appropriate use.
  • To increase the recognition that individuals, health and agriculture professionals, and governments must all play a role in tackling antibiotic resistance.
  • To encourage behavior change and convey the message that simple actions can make a difference. 


WHO is encouraging all Member States, health partners and students, and the public to join this campaign and help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance. Check out the WAAW 2017 event page for campaign materials (posters, info graphics and videos). 

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