AMR Week – Paving the Way to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance in the Maldives

Antimicrobial Resistance week

14th- 20th November 2016 – Maldives Food and Drug Authority Maldives with technical support from and in partnership with WHO Maldives conducted the Antimicrobial Resistance week in the Maldives to increase awareness of Antibiotic Resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers in order to avoid the further emergence and spread of Antibiotic Resistance in the country.

The range of activities during the week included the Field visits to islands nearby Male’ to distribute flyers and to campaign in public places such as parks and beaches. Spot Surveys were done for better understanding of AMR Awareness in the Communities. Additional advocacy included awareness sessions at Ministry of Health, adaptation of AMR posters into local language and telecasting of AMR animated videos through local TV Channels.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patient’s safety. The more we use antibiotics without indications of its use, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them and can no longer be used to treat infections. To slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way – to use the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, for the right duration. Hence, AMR advocacy is much needed in order to spread awareness and have an impact on the present and thus, the future.