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Antibiotic Guardians

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17 Nov 2014

European Antibiotic Awareness Day, 18 November 2014

Held every 18 November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a day to encourage responsible use of antibiotics.

EAAD is part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which focuses on antibiotics and sets out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

This year, Public Health England has established the Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign. It calls on everyone in the UK, the public and healthcare community to become antibiotics guardian by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines.

Organisations are encouraged to register their organisation’s planned activities and to share outcomes, pictures, and case studies of their campaigns with the EAAD Chair, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope via espaur@phe.gov.uk.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day is supported by:

  • Public Health England
  • the Department of Health’s expert advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections (ARHAI)
  • the Vetinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
  • local authorities
  • the devolved administrations professional bodies and organisations

The UK is working together towards a joint animal and human “One Health” initiative. We’re asking the NHS, local authorities and others to support EAAD to make a significant impact locally and nationally. Public Health England has produced a variety of resources for use and local adaptation aimed at the public.

If you use social media to promote the campaign, remember the #AntibioticGuardian hashtag.

For further information or to sign the pledge please visit http://antibioticguardian.com/

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