Antimicrobial Awareness Week in Africa 2022 Campaign - Mark Your Calendars

Thu, 20-10-2022 15:00:00



The dates of November 18-24, 2022, have been designated as WAAW, or World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. The 4th continental WAAW Africa campaign, will be held under the auspices of the Africa quadripartite members (FAO, WOAH, WHO and UNEP) and the Africa Union (Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The commemorations will be held under the theme "Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together in Africa."

The primary campaign will take place from November 18 to 24, 2022, with promotions and awareness events preceding and following the event.

The Government of Senegal will be the host for the commemorative event and it will last for a week. A hybrid approach will be taken to holding the 2022 WAAW Africa campaign, which will centre on the following themes:
1. Adopting a One Health approach and multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms for AMR prevention and mitigation
2. Optimizing AMR Implementation: Successful Initiatives on AMR control
3. Understanding the environmental dimensions of AMR
4. AMR in aquaculture a concern for food safety, the environment and aquatic animal health
5. Becoming AMR advocates: Why voices of young Africans are needed

The presentation of the aforementioned topics will serve to stimulate discussion around the One Health Approach. The One-Health perspective takes a broad view to achieve a healthy equilibrium and optimal performance across human, animal, environmental, and planetary health. It gets people from different backgrounds, organisations, and communities working together to improve people's lives and protect ecosystems. There are several upsides to adopting a "One Health" strategy, such as synergy for increased effectiveness, efficiency in dealing with multiple hazards at once, and cost savings.

To keep informed about the Africa Campaign, save the date and visit:

The Africa CDC WAAW Page

Further information is also available on AU-IBAR WAAW Page

You may join the discussion on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #WAAWAfrica