World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

17 Nov 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) – 18 to 24 November – aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. The theme of WAAW 2020 is ‘United to preserve antimicrobials.’

To mark WAAW, we invite you to discover our webinars, articles and resources focusing on different aspects of the fight against antibiotic resistance, including the impact on cancer care, the need to develop lifesaving treatments for children, and learning lessons from COVID-19 to tackle the silent pandemic of drug-resistant infections.


17 November, 17:00-18:30 CET: Learn about the exciting possibilities of artificial intelligence and deep learning in the discovery of new antibacterials. Register here >

18 November, 09:00-11:00 EAT: Ministry of Health Kenya: World Antimicrobial Awareness Week National Launch Event. Register here >

18 November, 14:30-15:30 CET: Ensuring drug resistance doesn’t undermine key advances in cancer care will require a global collaborative effort. Find out more in this joint webinar with the Union for International Cancer Control. Register here >

18 November, 16:00-16:20 CET: Accelerating the Development of Treatments for MDR Infections. An interactive, one day online event organized by AMR Insights. Register here >

20 November, 10:30-12:00 CET: Organized in collaboration with WHO, this webinar will focus on the challenges and opportunities in treating newborns with drug-resistant sepsis and finding new treatment options. Register here >

20 November, 10:00-12:30 EAT: Ministry of Health Kenya: National Virtual Symposium on Human Health. Register here >

21 November, 15:15-16:15 GMT: Global AMR Youth Summit. Yann Ferrisse, GARDP Head of Business Development and Analysis, will participate in a discussion on access to antimicrobials to address the challenge of antibiotic resistance. Register here >

Speaking up

Preparing for the Silent Pandemic of Drug-Resistant Infections

In partnership with The Guardian newspaper and Mediaplanet, a WAAW editorial by GARDP Executive Director Manica Balasegaram explores why a global coordinated effort is required to tackle the pandemic of drug-resistant infections. Read more >

What Can Be Done to Save Cancer Treatment From Drug Resistance?

WAAW is an opportunity to reflect on the hard-fought gains in treating cancer. It is also a moment to call attention to the need for collective action to address drug resistance and ensure these gains aren’t reversed. Read more >

Why We Need a New Access Model For Antibiotics

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated shortages of existing antibiotics and highlighted the need for a new model that ensures equitable access to treatments, no matter where you live. Read more >

Learning From Covid-19 to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

As the world reels from the impact of COVID-19, a new GARDP report explores how to apply the lessons we are learning from the pandemic to the fight against drug resistance. The report examines five early lessons of COVID-19 and how they can be applied to a successful long-term response to antibiotic resistance. Read report >

Antimicrobial Encyclopaedia

Launched in time for WAAW, GARDP is excited to announce the Antimicrobial Encyclopaedia. The aim of the Encyclopaedia is to share definitions of key terms in the antimicrobial field. Some of the terms also have expert videos, with more coming soon. The Antimicrobial Encyclopaedia will be updated with more terms on a regular basis. View here >

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