Antimicrobial agents are essential drugs to combat infections in humans and animals. In recent decades, the world has been confronted with the accelerated emergence of resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites due to the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is currently posing an extraordinary threat not only to human and animal health, but also to the world ecosystem. A shared responsibility from the human, animal and plant sectors is required to minimize pressure for the selection of AMR factors under the One Health approach from regional, national to international levels. AMR is one of the three flagship topics selected for a collaboration by the "Tripartite", or the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE).
The WOAH Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific and the WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia have been organising activities on AMR and AMU (antimicrobial usage) since 2018 to support Members in the region in driving the agenda of AMR/AMU.
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is used to highlight the health risks posed by antimicrobial resistance and to promote good practice in this area of concern, in efforts to limit the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria throughout the world. Every year, WOAH supports Members to conduct awareness raising activities.
WAAW (2021) Spread awareness, stop resistance
WAAW (2020) Antimicrobials: Handle with Care
WAAW(2019) including various communication tools and members’ activities
WOAH created and published communication materials for AMR awareness raising and the RRAP and SRR-SEA supported Members to translate these materials into various languages.