Course: Antibiotic Resistance - The Silent Tsunami  –  Part 4

Reflection and analysis: engaging the general public

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Antibiotic resistance has been compared to climate change. Both these crises are examples of accelerating global problems in which tragedy of the common-mechanisms are to blame. However, as you have learned in part four of the course, we can all take action and assist with reversing the trend of accelerated spread and development of resistance.

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Reflection and analysis

Please reflect upon what the best approach to get the general public more engaged in the global issue of antibiotic resistance would be. More specifically, please also consider the usefulness of:

  • Awareness campaigns. Do you think there are any prerequisites for these to have an effect on lowering the unnecessary use of antibiotics? Will they be particularly useful in specific settings? Why/why not?
  • Vaccination campaigns. What pros and cons can you identify?
  • Stricter regulations controlling antibiotic prescribing. Is this a way to go? Why/why not?

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