Antibiotic Resistance and You!
A series of two public facing events aimed at influencers from the general public, including parents, teachers and 16-24 year olds.
Welcome to the 2015/16 series of public debates on the topic of antimicrobial resistance. These debates are
delivered by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in collaboration with Public Health England and 4AllofUs and aim to improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance.
What are our aims?
• To educate on the value of antibiotics, the threat antibiotic resistance poses, the steps we can all take to use antibiotics responsibly.
• To inform participants of the roles played by government, policy makers, and healthcare professionals in addressing this problem.
• To engender a feeling of personal responsibility and a desire to act the event is purposefully “you” focussed – directing messages about benefits of appropriate successful antibiotic use and consequences of antibiotic resistance in a personal, recognisable “this was/could be me” way.
• Unlike other chronic or life threatening conditions, such as cancer, infection management does not – at present – have an emotive public face that the public can identify with.
One aim of this public event is to create recognition of the importance of antibiotics by kick-starting a recognition campaign under the positive banner “Thank you antibiotics”.
• It approaches the doomsday story that is antibiotic resistance from another angle, by presenting a positive picture of what we don’t want to lose and why.
We look forward to welcoming you!