The 2021 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) was celebrated from 18th – 24th November, 2021 in a One Health spirit with the theme “Spread awareness, Stop resistance”. The WAAW, as instituted by the tripartite organizations – World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is aimed at raising awareness on the health threats posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as well as to promote good practices that will limit the emergence and spread of resistant infections globally.

Antibiotics use in Agriculture has been found to be a major driver of AMR with consequences on human health, animal health, plant health and food safety. Livestock farmers use antibiotics as growth promoters, especially in places where regulation is poor and antibiotics can be purchased without a prescription. Also, most livestock farmers slaughter animals without observing withdrawal periods which leaves residues in animal or animal products.

Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mohammad Mamood Abubakar went blue for the 2021 WAAW celebration

The Hon. Minister of agriculture and rural Development flagged off the 2021 AAW in Nigeria on Thursday 18th November, 2021 at the HMA’s Conference Room. The event had participants from various Departments of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Fleming Fund Country Grant/DAI, and Journalists, and Partners from FAO-ECTAD, Fleming Fund and BA-N.

High spot of the event is the HMA going all BLUE in line with the recommended colour campaign, for the 2021 WAAW.