In November 2020, Europe’s first AMR Patient Group was officially launched coinciding with European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2020 and World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November). The AMR Patient Group is an initiative by Health First Europe and is comprised of national patient associations from across Europe. The group aims to address the gap in awareness at the patient-level about the danger of antibiotic misuse and the lack of effective infection prevention measures. The AMR Patient Group will empower patients across Europe with the necessary knowledge about antimicrobial resistance so that everyone understands when it is appropriate to take antibiotics and how to take them responsibly.
The key objectives of the AMR Patient Group are:
- Raising patient awareness about AMR and HAIs to help reduce antibiotic misuse.
- Building a consistent patient voice across Europe to advocate for national policies to tackle AMR and HAIs.
- Broadening the AMR debate to include infection prevention and control measures.