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WORLD ANTIMICROBIAL AWARENESS WEEK (WAAW) VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified as one of the principal public health problems of the 21st century that threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of microbial infections. In order to continually improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training, the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is commemorated every year in November. The overarching slogan for the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) campaign is, ‘Antimicrobials: Handle with care’ with the theme for the human health sector for WAAW 2020 being ‘United to preserve antimicrobials.’ Several interconnected human, animal and environmental habitats have been shown to contribute to the emergence, evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance, thus a One Health Approach (holistic and multisectoral) is vital for managing the human health risks associated with AMR. The main aim of the symposium is to provide a multidisciplinary platform for sharing knowledge and for discussing and debating strategies and issues related to antimicrobial resistance, as well as opportunities and solutions for addressing this challenge. Therefore, the 2-day symposium will bring together a selection of renowned researchers, scientists, experts and practitioners to address this important issue for global health. Each day will feature invited presentations on selected themes/topics by experts, student research presentations as well as facilitated discussions
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