World Antibiotic Awareness Week runs from the 12-18th November – could you run an event or class in your school and encourage your children to be ‘Antibiotic Guardians’?
Our antibiotics are under threat. Overuse and misuse of these drugs is making them less effective at treating infections and we face a future where they may no longer work at all.
What tools and resources are available?
This year the World Health Organisation have introduced Junior and Family Antibiotic Guardian as part of our wider Antibiotic Guardian campaign.
Junior and Family Antibiotic Guardian have been developed in collaboration with Makewaves, for children, young people and their families/carers to complete tasks and earn badges.
Though the badges have been designed to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week in November they are available to be earned all year round.
Junior and Family Antibiotic Guardian make use of e-bug; free online resources which provide educational material on microbes.
They also cover infection control and antibiotics and include pages dedicated to both teachers and students, broken down into material suitable for juniors and seniors. These include:
–Handouts for students
–A homepage for teachers including links to training modules for educators
–Resources for running a community based course on microbes
What can you do next?
As an educator, you can choose a pledge and sign up to become an Antibiotic Guardian yourself and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
You can also register your activity with us if your school plans on joining in with Junior Antibiotic Guardian by filling out this online form.