President's Message for WAAW 2022
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat. Among other antimicrobial agents affected by drug resistance are antifungal agents, antivirals and antiparasitic drugs. Although these other antimicrobials are affected to a much lesser extent, they can nevertheless cause difficulties with treatment.
Hence, a global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of AMR through effective communication, education and training.
AMR awareness program for prescribers - National Institute of Infectious Diseases