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.
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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More from "Part 4"
- A global problem
- What do we need to do for the future?
- Ongoing initiatives to fight antibiotic resistance
- What can I do?
- Resistance quiz
- Panel discussion
- Where do you think we will be in 50 years?
- Test your understanding IV
- Reflection and analysis: engaging the general public
- End of course
- Further reading
- Thank you and farewell