Zahedan University of Medical Sciences launches an "Antibiotic Guardian Campaign" in November 2017

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a huge to public health with the latest figures showing the number of patients across the globe infected by resistant bacteria is increasing. Our overuse and misuse of antibiotics is making this worldwide problem worse. Bacteria are fighting back by adapting to antibiotics, our drugs are becoming ineffective in treating infections and the number of effective treatment options we have is reducing.
To help raise visibility of the growing problem, Public Health England (PHE) launched the Antibiotic Guardian initiative in 2014. Members of the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organizations are being asked to pledge to make better use of antibiotics to prevent them becoming obsolete.



Alongside using the media and awareness events spread the word, we know we have to look at every possible means of engaging with the public and healthcare professionals. As part of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 activities and based on the Antibiotic Guardian Initiative established by Public Health England (PHE), in November 2017 Zahedan University of Medical Sciences hosted ad ceremony to launch an "Antibiotic Guardian Campaign" to help protect antibiotics and improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance and to set out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. In addition to talks and presentations by ZAUMS Vice Chancellors for Health and Education, and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Food and Drugs, and Director General for Veterinary Organization, a Q&A session planned in the event offered the chance for both the participants and speakers to engage in discussion regarding different aspects of AMR.

Community Health Volunteers, members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) , and The Iranian Red Crescent Society Volunteers have already demonstrated that they are behind all the public health activities, including the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and they are leading by example, as the majority of the participants in the event pledged to become an Antibiotic Guardians in the first day of the activity by signing the campaign banner.


Public can play critical role in helping avoid the so-called ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse", the campaign calls on everyone from all folks of life (the public, the Community Health Volunteers, public health and veterinary professionals) to become Antibiotic Guardians by choosing a pledge about how they will personally use antibiotics more prudently.

Since 2012, the Southeastern Regional Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (SRTRL) affiliated with ZAUMS have received "Certificate of Proficiency" for 5 consecutive years, in the External Quality Assessment of WHO/GLI TB Supranational Reference Laboratory Network (SRLN) for first line drug susceptibility testing. The SRTRL staff, as pioneers in combating antimicrobial resistance received the first ever "Antibiotic Guardian Champion" awards that highlighted the wealth of fantastic work taking place across the province in identifying MDR-TB cases.

We look forward to seeing more people, especially public health professionals (including clinicians and community pharmacists,....) to help ZAUMS achieve our campaign goal, and to help reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics by raising awareness of the issue of antibiotic resistance and reducing demand from the public.

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