Antibiotic Awareness Week 18-24 November 2019
The aim of this campaign week is to address the use and application of antibiotics. Especially since antibiotic resistance increases and the WHO now considers it to be one of the major threats to humanity alongside climate change. This is because antibiotic resistance is widespread both in humans and in livestock farming. In addition, research shows that multi-resistant organisms also spread via our environment, for example rivers.
The MEDUWA project clearly illustrates the complexity of this problem using Vechte river. On the one hand, it is crucial that actions are taken to reduce the use of antibiotics, but also that a more focused use is implemented. In addition, research on the Vechte river shows how important it is for our environmental systems that the waters are free of antibiotics and multi-resistant organisms. The Vechte river also serves as a source of drinking water. For instance, pollutions can cause multi-resistant organisms to enter our bodies.
In conclusion each individual can contribute to counteracting a further increase in resistance through a more conscious use of antibiotics.