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WHO launches AWaRe for safer use of antibiotics

WHO launches AWaRe for safer use of antibiotics

WHO has launched a tool for safer use of antibiotics, curb resistance- AWaRe.

AWaRe

It is an online tool aimed at guiding policy-makers and health workers to use antibiotics safely and more effectively.

The tool, known as ‘AWaRe’, classifies antibiotics into three groups:

  1. Access  — antibiotics used to treat the most common and serious infections.
  2. Watch   — antibiotics available at all times in the healthcare system.
  3. Reserve — antibiotics to be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort.

Why curb on Antibiotics use is a must?

Antibiotic resistance is already one of the biggest health risks and is estimated to kill 50 million by 2050 worldwide.

The threat continues to escalate globally because more than 50 per cent of antibiotics in many countries are used inappropriately such as for treatment of viruses when they only treat bacterial infections or use of the wrong (broader spectrum) antibiotic.

Besides, reduced access to effective and appropriate antibiotics in many low- and middle-income countries contributes to childhood deaths and lack of funding and implementation of national plans to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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