Keeping antibiotics working - 10th European Antibiotics Awareness Day

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2017 marks the 10th European Antibiotics Awareness Day (EAAD). The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), in cooperation with the European Commission, will host an EU-level event entitled ‘Keeping antibiotics working’, which will take place in Brussels on 15 November from 9:00 to 13:00 CET. The event aims to highlight how resistance to antibiotics is affecting our lives today and what can be done by different stakeholders to ensure that these medicines remain effective.

Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis (EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety), Xavier Prats Monné (Director-General for Health and Food Safety, DG SANTE), Robert-Jan Smits (Director-General for Research and Innovation, DG Research), Nedret Emiroglu (Director Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe) will take part, together with representatives from the European Medicines Agency , the European Food Safety Authority and ECDC. Jason Gale, a journalist with a strong interest in antimicrobial resistance and other health related topics, will be the moderator.

ECDC and partner organisations will be tweeting live during the event using the hashtag #EAAD. The event will be live-streamed through the ECDC YouTube channel , as well as on the EAAD Facebook page .

Furthermore, an exhibition will be set up at the event venue to showcase some of the materials that EU Member States and EEA countries have developed since 2008 to promote prudent use of antibiotics and to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Every year, in the week around 18 November awareness initiatives, events and communication campaigns are carried out throughout the EU/EEA countries, as well as at European level, around the issues of antibiotic resistance and prudent antibiotic use under the banner of European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

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