Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) evolve to become resistant to previously effective medications (i.e. antimicrobials). It is accelerated by misuse and overuse of antimicrobials.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that AMR is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. To combat AMR, actions taken by the healthcare sector alone are not enough and concerted efforts from the public are crucial. “One Health”, an integrated, unifying approach that aims to achieve optimal and sustainable health outcomes for people, animals, and ecosystems, has been advocated by the WHO to ensure that all stakeholders and all sectors are working with concerted effort.
The Infection Control Branch of the Centre for Health Protection has been echoing the call from the WHO to launch a series of publicity activities from 18 to 24 November annually. This year, a new TV Announcements in the Public Interest and poster titled “Use Antibiotics Properly Always Consult a Doctor” was produced to raise public awareness on the problem of AMR and promote proper use of antibiotics.
For more details on AMR, please refer to the AMR thematic webpage.