Share (here) your Antibiotic Awareness Week with the #ABXSteward Community


EAAD (European Antibiotic Awareness Day) and the global Antibiotic Awareness Week (see related OVLC post) provide an opportunity to inform medical society and lay public about the problems of antimicrobial resistance and proper use of the precious antimicrobial drugs.


As antimicrobial stewards do form an open community, this event is a fantastic opportunity for the professionals, who are involved in antimicrobial stewardship in Europe and beyond, to exchange their experiences and help each other by sharing good practices and tools that have been proven successful.


Therefore, ESGAP encourages everyone to share their plans and experiences during the EAAD/Global Antibiotic Awareness Week.

– We will be pleased to publish in this site short stories on your activities during EAAD/Global Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015. Please, include your stories as comments to this post.

– If you will to share copies of educational materials, photos and so on…please include the link in your comment or send the files to this e-mail.

Categories: Events, Resources


  • These are the caps ( of Junior Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology physicians of KLIMIK (Turkish Society of ID&CM). They are in Turkish, but as you may guess, they are funny, clever words about rational use of antibiotics!

  • The understanding of therapeutic choices by treating physicians is crucial in maintaining antibiotic stewardship. Unfortunately, in many medical curricula (including the Dutch curricula) antibiotic therapy receives but limited attention. To this end, the clinical microbiologists and ID-specialists of two Dutch university hospitals (UMC Utrecht and Maastricht UMC) started organizing a national antibiotic therapy course. This intensive 3-day course familiarizes participants with antibiotic treatment guidelines and the rationale behind them. Thus far, it has been followed by 250 Dutch participants, mostly residents in internal medicine, ICU-fellows.

    November 2015 is in that respect a whole antibiotic-awareness month: the fourth Dutch course was given in Maastricht November 4th to 6th, and the first international course will be given in Madrid November 26th to 28th . In future, we will aim to organize such an international course in different countries every year during antibiotic awareness week (or “awareness month”).

  • Jesús Rodríguez-Baño says:

    In Andalucía, Spain, we have a very active institutional Programme aiming at reducing the rate of healthcare-associated infections and improve the use of antibiotics in all Andalusian public hospitals and Primary Care centres called PIRASOA (, for which my friend Jose Miguel Cisneros is the Director. The Programme is based on multidisciplinary teams, indicators (for HCA infections, consumption, quality of prescriptions and outcome of infections), and specific interventions. The AS programmes are based on the Spanish PROA document ( We will be presenting the data tomorrow in a symposium. So far we have achieved a significant reduction in antibiotic consumption and a significant improvement in appropriate prescriptions in our hospitals and Primary Care centres after 18 months of hard work!

  • Bojana Beovic says:

    In UMC Ljubljana, Slovenia, we decided to celebrate the WHO Antibioti Awareness Week and the EAAD wit a pocket-size leaflet and a poster describing clinical pathway« of prescribing an antibiotic. Simple, sometimes too simple for doctors’ mind!

    Here you have our leaflet/poster:
    a) leaflet:
    b) póster:

  • In England, the campaign has been based around which aims to get the public and healthcare professionals to pledge to improve their:
    – public: hygeine, vaccination uptake, or delay seeing their doctor for minor infections, adherence to antibiotic instructions
    – healthcare professionals: following guidelines for antibiotics

  • In my small town, I decided to share with a professional approach addressing the complexity of a urinary tract infection (vs asymptomatic bacteriuria) of an old man with dementia attended in a nursing home, with medical assistance center dependent on primary health care … all with the limitations of the truth of it, that I have personally experienced every day while the blog post writing.

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