The theme for WAAW 2023 will remain "Preventing antimicrobial resistance together", as in 2022. AMR is a threat to humans, animals, plants and the environment. It affects us all. That is why this year's theme calls for cross-sectoral collaboration to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials. Fighting AMR is a worldwide effort and requires a One Health approach for effective solutions.
To effectively reduce AMR, all sectors must join forces and encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials, as well as preventive measures. Strengthening infection prevention and control in health care facilities, farms, and food industry premises, ensuring access to vaccines, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, implementing best practices in food and agriculture production, and guaranteeing the safe management of waste and wastewater from relevant industries are critical to reducing the need for antimicrobials and minimizing the emergence and transmission of AMR.
The slogan of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week remains 'Antimicrobials: Handle with Care'.
Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO Director's Message