Harare, Zimbabwe, November 20, 2023 — In the spirit of joint action against the rising threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Africa CDC is participating in the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2023 celebrations taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe, from November 18 to 24, 2023. This year’s theme “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together” advocates for collaboration across sectors to preserve the efficacy of these critical medicines. Combating AMR is a truly global endeavour which should be addressed through a One Health approach.
Antimicrobial Resistance jeopardises the effectiveness of essential medicines, impacting the treatment of infections in both humans and animals. In Africa, where AMR has been identified as a more significant challenge than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, the urgency to address this issue is paramount.
As part of the week-long activities, Africa CDC, in collaboration with partners, reiterates its commitment to championing increased resources dedicated to tackling AMR on the continent. Africa CDC recognises the importance of global solidarity and collective efforts to curb the spread of drug-resistant infections.
Speaking during the official opening of the event, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell, Deputy Director General of Africa CDC, stated, “The threat of Antimicrobial Resistance transcends borders, and it requires a one health approach. He reiterated the institutional authority of the Africa CDC to promote continent-wide policy and advocate across all sectors of government and society and has appealed for collaborative efforts against AMR. Africa CDC is proud to be part of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2023 in Harare, Zimbabwe, joining hands with AU-IBAR, FAO, UNEP, WOAH and WHO to raise awareness and advocate for the necessary resources to combat AMR effectively.”
One Health approach: Africa CDC embraces a One Health approach by collaborating with human, animal, plant and environmental agencies. Africa CDC collaborates. Africa CDC emphasises the importance of a collective and coordinated effort with international partners, governments, and organizations to strengthen the continental response to AMR.
Political Ownership and Advocacy: Recognizing the need for political commitment, Africa CDC urges African Union Member States and Regional Economic Communities to develop policies and national programs to improve surveillance, delay emergence, limit transmission, and mitigate harm from antimicrobial-resistant organisms. Further calling on national governments to prioritize domestic financing and train human resources to address this problem.
The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week provides a crucial platform for stakeholders to come together, share knowledge, and foster collaborative initiatives to combat AMR.
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About World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) WAAW is an annual global event designed to raise awareness about the challenges posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) while promoting best practices in antimicrobial stewardship across public health, animal health, and the environment.