19 November 2018
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European Antibiotic Awareness Day - Sunday 18th November 2018

Yesterday was the 11th annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) #KeepAntibioticsWorking. The key message to us all is that the more we use antibiotics, the more antibiotic resistant bacteria we make. This means that patients who really need antibiotics are less likely to get better on antibiotics than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Thousands of people die in Europe each year from multi drug resistant organisms and by 2050 deaths form 'superbugs' are projected to outstrip cancer deaths.

In 2018, the emphasis of EAAD activities is the ONE HEALTH approach. 

The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy of Human Health Care, Animal healthcare and Environmental experts including general practitioners, hospital doctors, dentists and pharmacists, veterinary practitioners, HSE and DOH working together to raise awareness of the need to ensure that we do everything possible to preserve antibiotics. 

There is consensus in the One Health Community that it is our collective responsibility to ensure correct use of antibiotics and tackle the global health threat of antibiotic resistance. No-one wishes a return to a pre-antibiotic era.

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Please click here for the partner pack.

Kind regards,

Dr Tony Cox,
Medical Director
ICGP

Dr Nuala O Connor,
Lead advisor on Antibiotic Resistance
ICGP

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