Teaching kids about antibiotic resistance

The WHO’s Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, has specific recommendations to educate the public about antimicrobial resistance and to introduce this issue into the educational curriculum. As part of the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 14-18, 2016), we organized a two-day event at Jurong Regional Library over the weekend to teach children about…

#AntibioticResistance IV: Antibiotic use in Agriculture and Other Industries

The potential use of penicillin as a medical treatment was only realized years after its discovery. Although known as the ‘miracle drug’ in medicine, it has also proven to have some ‘miraculous’ benefits in the animal husbandry industry. In the early 1940s, food shortage became an increasing concern. With the discovery of penicillin, the livestock…

#AntibioticResistance I: What is Antibiotic Resistance?

Before jumping in on the flurry of hashtags, smiley faces, or any ice-bucket challenges that may come from the anticipated excitement of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week between November 16th and 22nd, we wanted to explore some important facts about antibiotic resistance and why it requires more of our attention. The word “antibiotic” means…

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