Antibiotics Awareness Week, 13th-19th November 2017

Antibiotics Awareness Week, 13th-19th November 2017

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a global campaign lead by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The aim being to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage the public help prevent the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines.

Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria can infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are much harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.

What can you do?

A global effort is required to change the way we prescribe and use antibiotics. Although new medicines may be developed, without behaviour change, antibiotic resistance will remain a major threat to health. Behaviour change must include actions to reduce the spread of infections through methods such as vaccination, effective hand washing, practising safer sex, and maintaining good food hygiene.

To prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance you should:

  • Only use antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional.
  • Never demand antibiotics if your health care professional advises against them.
  • Take your antibiotics as prescribed if you are given them, and complete the course.
  • Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
  • Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people where possible, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.

Current developments

While there are some new antibiotics currently being developed, none of them are expected to be effective against the most dangerous forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Considering the ease and frequency with which people now travel, antibiotic resistance has become a global problem, requiring efforts from all nations and across multiple sectors.

Who are you?What do you do? 
Daya Dewfall / Emily LopezHealth Promotion Officers for the Department of Public HealthSee:
Call: 200 07017 / 200 07020
Annie DaiConsultant paediatrician for the Gibraltar Health AuthoritySee:
Cheryl Figueras /
Charles Russo
Dietitians for the Gibraltar Health AuthoritySee:
Gail CarrerasPhysiotherapist for the Gibraltar Health AuthoritySee:
Sera FromowEnvironmental Officer for the Dept. of EnvironmentSee:
Call: 200 66509
Jackie LinaresEducational Liaison for the
Department of Education
Louise Mauro / Susan BenitezChild Health Nurses for the Gibraltar Health Authority Call: 200 70143 / 200 07244
Gerry Fortuna / Isabel OrtizCardiac Rehabilitation Nurses for the
Gibraltar Health Authority
Call: 200 07203
Angelo CerisolaSocial Worker for the Care
Agency Children’s Service
Cynthia MaokoDiabetes Specialist Nurse, PaediatricsSee:
Liam PayasAssistant Sports Development and Training ManagerSee:
Call: 200 63392

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