World Health Day – Awareness Campaign for Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread
The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil
World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO conducts public awareness campaign including a special focus on the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. Various governments and non-governmental organizations are also doing so many health awerness programmes and capaigns with interests in public health isssues.
The main aim of World Health Day, this year is "Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread" and focuses on the need for governments and stakeholders to implement the policies, prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms. WHO is calling to safeguard antimicrobial medicines for future generations.
In the special occasion of World Health Day, WHO is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
* develop and implement a comprehensive, financed national plan
* strengthen surveillance and laboratory capacity
* ensure uninterrupted access to essential medicines of assured quality
* regulate and promote rational use of medicines
* enhance infection prevention and control
* foster innovation and research and development for new tools.