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ASEF PHN and the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW)

Published on 24 Nov 2020

18-24 November 2020 is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020! According to the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections¹. ASEF Public Health Network (ASEF PHN) also took part to increase much-needed awareness beyond the health sector to combat the global threat.

On 9th Nov 2020, ASEF PHN hosted a session “Health Agenda Post COVID-19 – example of AMR and mindful eaters” during the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) annual conference. It was the 2nd attempt for ASEF PHN to host a session on AMR during the ENV forum since 2019. The session intended to encourage and stimulate inter-sectoral collaboration between the health and the non-health sectors over the challenge posed by AMR, which is still largely seen as a sole issue of the health sector. However, every person has a role to play in fighting against AMR, just as how we individually should reduce the use of single-use plastics. Or, like COVID-19; COVID-19 is a health issue, yet we all have to put our parts such as social distancing and handwashing. Without our collaborative effort, the health sector alone cannot beat COVID-19 – AMR is the same. For example, more antibiotics are used for livestock, which is part of the food chain for our daily life. Currently, the issue of AMR has a limited involvement of the public, including consumers and producers. It was acknowledged how concern over AMR should be part of our life, and both consumers and producers would have the power to mitigate future public health catastrophe. Considering ASEM Partners accounts for 60 % of the world population, the movement initiated by consumers and then producers across Asia and Europe will have a significant impact on changing the current practice to mitigate AMR.

Prior to the conference, ASEF PHN also hosted its first webinar on the same, which is available here:





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