Working Group Meeting

Targeting Antibiotic Resistance

Awareness Campaign

The bacterial antibiotic resistance is currently one of the major health challenge, since it causes increased mortality, attributable to infections, increased length of hospital stay, and increased need for intensive care and invasive devices. It also leads to continuous guideline alterations and increased resource utilization and costs. Moreover, the access of pharmaceutic antibiotics without medical subscriptions in many Arab countries led to an over- and misuse of this medication and ultimately to an increasing antimicrobial resistance in the population. This is also reflected in the report by the World Economic Forum, where antimicrobial resistance is expected to cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050 if left without action.

In order to tackle the problem of antibiotic misuse and resistance, the AGYA working group Health & Society conducts a two-day awareness campaign. In cooperation with the Pasteur Institute de Tunis and the Children’s Hospital ‘Bechir Hamza’ in Tunis, the awareness campaign implements a conference and a workshop, respectively.

Conference on 28 March 2022 at Institute Pasteur de Tunis

The hybrid conference will take place at the amphitheatre of the Ibn Al Jazzar department, follows a multidisciplinary approach, and aims to address different perspectives on the topic. It involves a transdisciplinary group of invited speakers and audience of pharmacists, physicians, veterinarians, agronomists, and regulatory health authorities.

For People who are not able to attend the conference in person, the event and talks of the invited speakers will be streamed online here.

Workshop on 29 March 2022 at Children’s Hospital ‘Bechir Hamza’

The workshop serves as outreach activity in the beginning of the allergy season implementing interviews with physicians and patients, and distributing brochures to parents of patients to raise awareness for the problem of antibiotic resistance. During the campaign, AGYA members will provide material in form of allergen kits that help to distinguish regular allergies of non-bacterial origin from those resulting from bacterial infections in order to prevent future misuse of antibiotics.