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15 November 2016

Dear colleagues,

This newsletter is dedicated to the World Health Organization’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 14-20 November and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November. Join the discussion on twitter using @ESCMID @ESGAP_ABS #WAAW #EAAD #AntibioticResistance and #AMR!

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Initiatives at EUCIC and ESGAP on EAAD 18 November

The European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) and the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) organize a number of activities to promote prudent use of antibiotics in Europe. They include events at healthcare institutions and public campaigns on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), surveillance and antibiotic stewardship programmes in Moldova, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

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Antimicrobial resistance – a major topic at ESCMID throughout the year

AMR has been at the core of ESCMID’s educational and research activities for many years, and the society has undertaken a number of initiatives to effectively fight AMR. ESCMID plans to publish a position paper on its strategy and role in the fight against AMR. ESCMID has been supporting governments and international organizations to implement policies on evidence-based prevention, infection control, surveillance of resistance, antibiotic stewardship and sanitation to guarantee an optimal use of antimicrobial medicines. Concrete efforts include the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST), jointly organized by ESCMID and the ECDC, which defines so-called breakpoints required to distinguish between therapeutic success and failure. More recent initiatives are the European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC), created in 2014, to implement infection control and preventive measures to reduce the burden of healthcare-associated infections. Just in September ESCMID together with the American Society for Microbiology organized an international conference on drug development to meet the AMR challenge. AMR will once again be the main topic at ECCMID, the largest congress in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, from 22 – 25 April 2017 in Vienna. The society welcomes the fact that the topic moved to the top of the global agenda in September when the United Nations General Assembly called a high-level meeting to address AMR.

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World Antibiotics Awareness Week to raise awareness on the issue

The goal of this week’s initiative is to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Join ESCMID and its partners and contribute to activities aimed at raising awareness on AMR at your organization or in your country. Share your experience on twitter using @ESCMID @ESGAP_ABS #WAAW #EAAD and #AntibioticResistance and #AMR!

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