use of antibiotics helps bacteria to mutate and be resistant to the
medicines. As the result, the world worries that one day soon,
antibiotics will no longer be effective to various bacterial infections.
flags this issue by having “Antimicrobial Resistance” as the global theme
for the World Health Day 2011. Considering the
regional situation, our South East Asia region adapted the global theme
and use “Use Antibiotics Rationally” as the regional slogan.
We hope that this World
Health Day’s events will raise people’s awareness about the importance of
using antibiotics correctly. People need to understand that as it is more
difficult to have effective antibiotics to kill bacteria, it is more
difficult for infected people to recover. The treatment will need
stronger antibiotics for a longer time. Irrational use of antibiotics
accelerates the bacteria resistance. The complex and long process of
antibiotics development will not be able to catch up with the mutation.
Eventually, there will be no antibiotics to cure even simple diseases.
we all can do, as the first step is to attain correct information about
the rational use of antibiotics. First fact: antibiotics kill bacteria.
It cannot cure diseases caused by virus. For more information, you could
visit these links:
WHO – HQ – World Health Day 7 April 2011
WHO – SEARO – World Health Day 7 April 2011
WHO – HQ – Drug Resistance: antimicrobial Resistance
WHO – HQ – Medicines: Rational Use of Medicines
WHO – HQ – Media Centre – Antimicrobial Resistance
Get Smart – Know when Antibiotics Work
Antibiotic Resistance: Q & A
For fast facts on antimicrobial resistance and rational use of antibiotics in Bahasa Indonesia, please see: FAQS and Messages, Leaflet for public, and Leaflet
For further information go to www.searo.who.int
New Delhi, India:
Public Information and
WHO South-East Asia Region
Ms Nursila Dewi