Use of antibiotics – only if necessary

Bern, 9.11.2017 - Spearheading the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Antibiotic Awareness Week. Switzerland is joining the movement for the first time from 13 to 17 November 2017. Professionals and especially the wider public need to be aware that the consequences of antibiotic resistance are severe and on the rise.

antibiotics - only when necessary

Antibiotic resistance is increasing worldwide. The risk of infectious diseases becoming untreatable is growing and many human and animal lives are at threat. Switzerland has not been spared: every year, humans and animals die due to bacterial infections, which no longer respond to antibiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), wishes to raise public awareness of these issues via the Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Exchanging information on the topic of antimicrobial resistance will be at the heart of the Swiss Awareness Week, which will run from 13 to 19 November 2017. Talks will be organised in collaboration with participants from the fields of human medicine, veterinary sciences, agriculture and the environment. Various events, publications and information sessions have been announced. The activities scheduled during the week are supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

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