Friday 18th November was European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EEAD) 2016. This annual European public health initiative aims to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is responsible for 25,000 deaths a year across the EU and already has an economic burden of €1.5 billion.
Whilst recognising that antibiotics are an important part of modern medicine, the environmental and health risks associated with the over-prescription of antibiotics, pollution from pharmaceutical production, and the improper disposal of unused antibiotics cannot be ignored. HCWH Europe works to raise awareness about the health and environmental consequences of AMR, and promote ways to constrain this growing problem.
Amongst the discussion at the ECDC event – “The future is now”, HCWH Europe was proudly announced as a finalist for the EU Health award for NGOs fighting AMR. HCWH Europe has been shortlisted for our work on awareness, and promoting prevention and reduction steps to reduce AMR. This includes this Safer Pharma campaign working to reduce pharmaceuticals in the environment – a contributing factor to antimicrobial resistance.
The European Commission would like this award to highlight and reward outstanding initiatives of international, European, national, or regional non-governmental bodies which have significantly contributed to the fight against AMR.
To mark EEAD 2016, HCWH Europe has released a series of resources that highlight the problem of AMR in the European healthcare sector and the steps that healthcare professionals, policy makers, and the pharmaceutical industry can take to tackle AMR.
EAAD Video Pledge
HCWH Europe’s Pharmaceuticals Policy Officer, Adela Maghear, outlines the work that HCWH Europe is doing to tackle the problem of AMR and antibiotic resistance by working with policy makers and the healthcare sector.
In this informative infographic, HCWH Europe take a look at the economic and health impact of AMR and make recommendations on how policy makers, healthcare professionals, and the pharmaceutical industry can contribute in the fight against AMR.
Blog | Time to take action against AMR in food
In this blog piece, HCWH Europe’s Food Project Officer, Paola Hernandez outlines why routine and non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in intensive livestock farming and aquaculture may cause an increase in harmful antibiotic resistant bacteria.