Call to register: Global Media Forum in lead up to World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Media representatives are welcome to attend the Global Media Forum in lead up to World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) and have a direct interface with senior experts from World Health Organization (WHO) as well as Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

When Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) develops, then the disease-causing bugs (virus, bacteria, parasites or fungi) change, because of which they no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat, more expensive to treat, thus increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. Drug-resistant infections are threatening not only human health but also animal health and food safety worldwide. The multi sectoral One Health approach, which recognises the interconnection between people, animals, plants and environment, is key to tackling AMR.

18 to 24 November is 
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)

Celebrated annually, the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. This year the theme of WAAW is: "Spread awareness, stop resistance | Antimicrobials: Handle with care"

That is why this Global Media Forum is being organised to help spread awareness and stop resistance, in lead up to World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Senior leaders from World Health Organization (WHO) HQ who have been spearheading the response to AMR as well as those from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, will be on the panel to interact with the media. People from global media community, including those from news wires, print, electronic, online, bloggers, social media influencers, freelancers, among others, all are welcome.

16 November 2021, Tuesday

10am Geneva time | duration 2 hours
9am Ghana, 10am Nigeria, 11am South Africa/ Eswatini/ Zambia/ Zimbabwe, 12noon Ethiopia/ Kenya/ Uganda, 12:30pm Iran, 2pm Pakistan, 2:30pm India/ Sri Lanka, 2:45pm Nepal, 3pm Bangladesh, 3:30pm Myanmar, 4pm BKK/ Jakarta/ Hanoi/ Phnom Penh, 5pm Manila/ KL/ Singapore/ Shanghai, 9pm Fiji

Panel of experts
  • Dr Haileyesus Getahun, Director, Global Coordination and Partnership on AMR, and Director, Tripartite Joint Secretariat on AMR, World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva
  • Dr Elizabeth Tayler, WHO
  • Dr Lianne Gonsalves, WHO
  • Dr Sarah Paulin, WHO
  • Dr Kamini Walia, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Dr Ishwar Gilada, Governing Council member of International AIDS Society; President AIDS Society of India; Secretary General of Organised Medicine Academic Guild (OMAG)
  • Shobha Shukla, Executive Director, CNS (moderator)


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