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FAO Pakistan's Impactful Initiatives during Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2023


World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a crucial global initiative aimed at addressing the escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). FAO Pakistan marked WAAW 2023 to enhance understanding of antibiotic resistance and curb unnecessary antibiotic use. Through the ACT project, FAO Pakistan supports national and international campaigns, serving as a catalyst in discussions on antibiotic resistance and providing tools for capacity building.
WAAW, celebrated annually between November 18th-24th, focused on 'Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together' this year, promoting a collaborative One Health approach. The week featured various activities to raise awareness and advocate best practices.
On November 17, 2023, an AMR Awareness Walk was organized in Islamabad, inaugurated by Dr. Muhammad Salman (CEO, NIH), emphasizing collaborative efforts. The event brought together diverse participants from health departments, veterinary professionals, environmental officials, food authorities, and students.
A retreat session for females at Trail 5 of Margalla hills combined hiking with an awareness session on November 18, 2023. Experts discussed various aspects of AMR, fostering an interactive environment
Dedicated radio shows on November 20 and 21, 2023, provided a platform to discuss AMR implications, emphasizing individual responsibility. FAO Pakistan staff wore blue for a group photo with the message "STOP AMR ACT NOW.”
On November 21, 2023, an awareness seminar for female farmers at the Civil Veterinary Dispensary, Rawalpindi, focused on AMR's impact on animal health. Dr. Javaria Alam (FAO Pakistan) and Dr. Syeda Anum Hadi (Fleming Fund) delivered informative talks, fostering a Q&A session.
The 2nd National Symposium on AMR & WHO’s ‘Antibiotics Handbook’ launch on November 22, 2023, provided a comprehensive overview of challenges, interventions, and research initiatives. Dr. Farah Sabih (WHO) launched the WHO AWARE Handbook, addressing misuse and overuse.
An AMR Symposium for poultry farmers and a poster competition on November 23, 2023, equipped participants with essential knowledge. The 14th International Biennial Conference of the Pakistan Society for Microbiology addressed AMR on November 23, 2023, providing a platform for scientific collaboration.
A One Health and AMR Symposium on November 24, 2023, explored AMR's importance. Seminars in Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Azad Jammu Kashmir focused on AMR awareness. Veterinary universities also conducted awareness walks and seminars.
On November 25, 2023, FAO Pakistan collaborated with Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College, Karachi, for an awareness walk and seminar. Dr. Sahana Urooj Kazmi (President, Pakistan Society of Microbiology) emphasized collaborative efforts to address AMR.
Provincial activities supported by FAO Pakistan, including awareness walks and seminars, significantly contributed to local AMR awareness. These initiatives demonstrated the collective commitment to combating AMR and emphasized responsible antibiotic practices. The AMR Awareness Week successfully raised public awareness and fostered a united front against antimicrobial resistance, highlighting the shared responsibility in safeguarding public health.