WAAW Campaign 2022









Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together

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. This is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed across all sectors and as a result the WHO have begun the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) global campaign that is celebrated annually to improve awareness and understanding of AMR and encourage best practices among the public, One Health stakeholders and policymakers, who all play a critical role in reducing the further emergence and spread of AMR.


ESCMID is proud to once again participate in World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) for 2022 under the theme “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together.” All sectors must be called upon to encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials and to strengthen preventive measures addressing AMR, working together collaboratively through a One Health approach. You can find the full campaign guide here.


ESCMID AMS webinar for WAAW 2022

Join us on Tuesday, 22 November 2022, 17:00-18:30 CET for a special open-access ESCMID webinar for WAAW 2022 under the title of "Enhancing antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention for the control of AMR".


This 90-minute virtual event will be free of charge and open to all participants and will emphasize the importance of a multifaceted approach to the mitigation of AMR by having talks on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), infection control as well as preventing of antimicrobial resistance in low resource settings. You can see the programme below, and we look forward to seeing you there!


Join the webinar here




Introduction – Robert Skov (ESCMID President-elect), Julia Bielicki (St. George University of London)


  1. AMS to ensure rational use of antibiotics- the need for multidisciplinarity (Jeroen Schouten, Radboud University Hospital, Nijmegen, ESGAP)
  2. Collaboration between laboratory and physicians - Diagnostics as facilitators for stewardship (Giulia De Angelis, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  3. Prevention of transmission of microorganisms: – an important partnership between IPC and antimicrobial stewardship (Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO)
  4. Importance of social science to ensure sustained impact (Fabi Lorencatto, University College of London)
  5. Antibiotic stewardship in low resource setting (Mirfin Mpundu, ReAct Africa)


20-minute Q&A/panel discussion – All faculty


Conclusion – Robert Skov (ESCMID President-elect), Julia Bielicki (St. George University of London)


Quadripartite Webinar

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) (collectively known as the Quadripartite) are organising a pre-WAAW webinar on the "Results from the Tracking Antimicrobial Resistance Country Self-Assessment Survey (TrACSS)" taking place 15 November 2022 from 10:00-11:15 CET and 15:00-16:15 CET. You can learn more and register nowhere.


ICU Management & Practice webinar "Antibiotic Resistance"

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant public health challenges today. ICU Management & Practice will deliver an open registration webinar on 16 November at 16:00 CET to discuss the problem of antibiotic resistance, its impact on patient outcomes, the importance of effective antimicrobial stewardship programmes, the role of rapid diagnostic testing, and important strategies to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance. You can register now to take part here.


European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) 2022

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC. It provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics in the EU/EEA and take place each year across Europe on 17 November. Learn more about the campaign on the official ECDC website here


On 17 November from 13:00 to 16:00 CET, ECDC will host the EAAD digital launch event with the theme “preventing antimicrobial resistance together”. It will feature high-level keynote addresses as well as a scientific panel – they will all provide an overview of the current situation in the EU/EEA regarding policy, data and measures needed to continue addressing antimicrobial resistance. This event is free of cost and open for the public. See the agenda and register here.


EFWISG Webinar: Antibiotic resistance in water - from wastewater-based surveillance to human exposure

On 23 November from 12:00 to 13:00 CET, ESCMID Study Group on Food and Water Infections (EFWISG) will host an open access webinaras a part of WAAW 2022titled “Antibiotic resistance in water – from wastewater-based surveillance to human exposure”. Registration is open here.


ESGVM/AVANT Webinar: Holomics and machine learning in pig (or animal) health research

On 24 November from 10:00 to 11:00 CET, ESCMID Study Group on Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) and AVANT will host an open access webinaras a part of WAAW 2022titled “Holomics and machine learning in pig (or animal) health research”.


This one-hour joint webinar will explore the role of machine learning in veterinary research projects that aim to integrate “omics” data and other types of data to investigate animal health. To discuss this subject we invited Dr Dirkjan Schokker from Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (Netherlands), and Dr Jazmin Ramos Madrigal from the Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics, The Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen (Denmark) to share their experience on holomics and machine learning in animal health research. Registration is open here.


"Go Blue for AMR" color campaign

The "Go Blue for AMR" color campaign is also back for WAAW 2022. The color campaign is designed to raise awareness for WAAW and on AMR in general. The global community is encouraged to ‘Go Blue’, by bringing light blue to their online presence, physical communities and workplaces throughout WAAW (18-24 November) with an emphasis on 24 November. You can find out more on the WHO website here.


Join in the Conversation

Follow ESCMID Social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and use the hashtags below to join in the discussion on how we can keep antibiotics working!


  • #WAAW / #WAAW2022
  • #EAAD
  • #AMR / #AntibioticResistance / #AntimicrobialResistance
  • #KeepAntibioticsWorking


Global Twitter storm 


Once again, organisations from around the globe will tweet about #AntibioticResistance and #WAAW on 18 November at 17:00 CET to raise awareness of the issue. If you wish to participate, make sure to post this through your Twitter account at that time or during the day, together with hashtags that are relevant for you.