The event is held every year between 18-24 November with a primary focus on spreading awareness and understanding about the problem of ‘antibacterial resistance’. The participating countries discuss the different ways and methods of preventing viruses and bacterial infections and teaching the people best practices to combat ‘drug-resistant infections.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, fungi, viruses or infections keep changing over time, forming different shapes and not responding to the medicines. The diseases get harder to treat with time while holding a risk of spreading through contact with another person.
Furthermore, as per the reports, antimicrobial-resistant diseases are found worldwide. These diseases possess the potential to become a worldwide Pandemic which can be spread through contact with travelling animals, people and goods etc.
According to the reports, researchers estimated that antimicrobial resistance diseases caused 1.27 million deaths in 2019.
The Ministry of Health Bahrain stated that World Antibiotic Awareness Week focuses on increasing awareness among the general public about the resistance to antimicrobial diseases.
All the involved countries discuss the different methods of fighting such diseases and viruses, with mainly providing adequate training and organizing educating campaigns for the general public. The programs also make it easier for the general public to understand viruses, infections and fungi through contact activities. Antibacterial Drugs, such as vaccines, are considered one of the most immediate solutions for antimicrobial-resistant diseases.
The Kingdom of Bahrain further calls its citizens to learn about the disease cycle and how it could be stopped and prevented. The Ministry of Health-Bahrain stated that all the sectors in the country would have to unite and increase their awareness of the deadly viruses and fight hand to hand.