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World Antibiotic Awareness Week- Media Sensitisation

Every year the Kenyan Government celebrates the world antibiotic awareness week (WAAW) with calls for action to avert antibiotic resistance. In 2013, the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries embarked on a process of consolidating efforts to implement sustainable measures that can mitigate AMR risks. To take a lead on the African continent to combat AMR, the ministries jointly developed the antimicrobial resistance Policy and National Action Plan and a Communication Strategy through a One Health approach. The national policy for the prevention and containment of AMR and the National Action Plan for the prevention and containment of AMR translate into preventative actions on the ground. The AMR Communication Strategy aims to sensitize different audience groups across relevant sectors on reducing AMR.

The Kenyan government, with the support from the tripartite (FAO, OIE, WHO) and other national and regional partners are addressing this growing global threat at the human-animal- ecosystem interface using a One Health approach.

As a continued effort to implement the National Action Plan by the Government, a one-day WAAW 2019 media sensitisation to be held at the CGIAR AMR hub hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and various partners is designed to improve the understanding and capacity of journalists reporting on AMR pertaining to the human- animal-ecosystem interface and address its (mis)use, the way AMR is transmitted, evaluating the socio-economic impact of interventions using a one-health framework, providing governments with evidence-based recommendation to facilitate policy implementation and finally building local and national capacities to address the problem.