The World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) library outreach events is an annual series of events conceived and spearheaded by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS SSHSPH), since 2016, to raise public awareness of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. It is now also supported by the Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinating Office (AMRCO), National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
This year's events will take place over two weekends in November 2019:
- Jurong Regional Library: 9-10 Nov, 10am to 4pm
- Woodlands Regional Library: 23-24 Nov, 10am to 4pm
The Jurong Regional Library WAAW event (09-10 Nov), organised by NUS SSHSPH, will through a series of fun learning and activity stations share basic facts about bacteria, viruses, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and good hygiene practices, including vaccination and handwashing.
The event will also mark the launch of "The Antibiotic Tales", a first-of-its-kind comic collaboration between Eisner award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator, Mr Sonny Liew, and infectious disease expert, Dr Hsu Li Yang, from NUS SSHSPH, answering questions and dispelling the myths and misconceptions about antibiotics. Get up close with the authors to learn more on how they conceptualised the story, and came up with the theme and characters during the meet-the-authors session.
Building on the Jurong Regional Library event, the AMRCO and Infectious Disease Research and Training Office (IDRTO), NCID, will organise the Woodlands Regional Library WAAW outreach event (23-24 Nov). Get practical tips from infectious disease specialists from 1.30pm to 2.30pm to protect yourself from the common cold and cough, and also learn more about the benefits of vaccination. Bring your kids along to the children's activity booths as they find out how to be a germ-buster by learning more about bacteria, antibiotics, and hand hygiene.
Attend a health talk or complete a quiz, or get your kids to complete all learning stations' activities to receive a goodie bag. Both events are open-for-all and admission is free.