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Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical global threat, rendering key treatments ineffective. Health Volunteers play a vital role in combating AMR through education, advocacy, and community engagement. By promoting responsible antimicrobial use and implementing preventive measures, they help preserve the efficacy of treatments, reduce the spread of resistant infections, and protect public health for future generations.

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Health Volunteers for AMR

Health Volunteers are actively engaged in a comprehensive range of activities to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They conduct awareness campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of AMR and the importance of responsible antimicrobial use. Through community education workshops, they teach infection prevention and control measures, proper hygiene, and the significance of completing prescribed antibiotic courses and distribute educational materials and hygiene supplies to support community health initiatives. 
Through these multifaceted efforts, Health Volunteers are making a significant impact in the fight against AMR, safeguarding public health and preserving the efficacy of antimicrobials for future generations.

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What is AMR?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a significant global threat across human, animal, plant, food, and environmental sectors. AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites no longer respond to antimicrobial agents. This resistance renders antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents ineffective, making infections increasingly difficult or impossible to treat and heightening the risk of disease spread, severe illness, and death. The misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in humans, animals, and plants are accelerating the development and spread of AMR. In 2019, AMR was associated with 5 million deaths, with 1.3 million directly attributed to bacterial AMR.

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Objectives of Health Volunteers for AMR

Raise Awareness

Educate Health Volunteers and communities about the links between antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and health outcomes, emphasizing the importance of responsible antimicrobial use and stewardship for protecting public health.

Actionable Solutions

Mobilize Health Volunteers to participate in AMR-focused projects, such as awareness campaigns, community education on responsible antimicrobial use, and initiatives to promote infection prevention and control measures.

Build Partnerships

Collaborate with healthcare organizations, local governments, and other stakeholders to leverage resources, expertise, and networks in advancing AMR goals within the Health Volunteers Program for long-term impact.

Outcomes of the campaign

Enhances Public Health

By addressing the determinants of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Health Volunteers Program can contribute to reducing the burden of drug-resistant infections and improving overall community health outcomes.

Promotes Sustainable Development

Integrating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) initiatives aligns with the principles of sustainable development, fostering resilience, equity, and well-being for present and future generations.

Empowers Communities

Engaging Health Volunteers in AMR activities empowers communities to take ownership of responsible antimicrobial use and advocate for healthier and more sustainable practices to combat drug-resistant infections.

AMR is a pressing issue occurring in the present, posing one of the greatest threats to global health, food security, and development.
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World AMR Awareness Week
18-24 November

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