World Antibiotic Awareness Week 18th-24th November 2019

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) is an annual World Health Organisation campaign held in November, with European Antibiotic Awareness Day falling on the 18th November. Both campaigns aim to raise awareness of proper use of antibiotics and the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is an emerging problem worldwide that can be attributed to a wide range of factors. This includes not completing the prescribed dosage of antibiotics, the overuse of antibiotics in farming and industry and the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for viral infections. Find out more on the ECDC and WHO website!

e-Bug WAAW activities

Social media campaign

Join us on Twitter and Facebook during WAAW while we run our exciting week long campaign keeping you up to date with antibiotic facts, resources and events. Follow us on twitter @eBug_UK and on facebook @eBugEngland.

POSTPONED: Launch of ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ Youth badge!

The e-Bug team has been busy recently developing e-Bug activities for children to take part in and earn their ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ Youth badge.

Unfortunately, due to the regulations in place during the pre-election period, civil service organisations will be unable to launch new material - for all of those eagerly awaiting our Antibiotic Guardian badge we hope to have everything you need ready shortly after Christmas!

If you are still interested in helping us launch our badge send an email to to be first in line to receive the resources you’ll need!

Registration open for e-Bug Future Learn e-Learning

The e-learning is aimed at educators, including teachers, school nurses and community leaders, to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills to teach about e-Bug topics and how to use the e-Bug resources.

The course will feature videos and articles to make learning exciting and interactive, and suitable for both school and community educators!

Get in touch for more information:

We will be holding the following train the trainer sessions for teachers, nurses and community leaders:

6th November – North Somerset Council

13th November – Lancashire County Council

20th November – Bath and North East Somerset Council

Antibiotics Quiz

Think you are an antibiotics expert? Test yourself on our quiz!

Enter the Quiz Download Quiz

Get involved with World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The activities below can be used in schools, assemblies, after school clubs, community groups and at outreach events.

School lesson plans:

Debate Kits

Designed for students from 11-18, use our antibiotic debate kit to explore diverse opinions about antibiotic resistance

e-Bug Assembly Activities Pack

Get your class engaged with World Antibiotic Awareness Week with our assembly pack, filled with activities and demonstrations designed to help visualise how antibiotics and resistance work and get students involved!

e-Bug student games:

Our games are some of our most popular digital content, suitable for both primary and secondary, they can be incorporated into lessons or homework, or run at after school clubs or science events.

For World Antibiotic Awareness Week we recommend one of our most popular games: Body Busters!

Peer education

Activities for secondary school students to use to teach their peers or junior school students about microbes, hygiene and antibiotics.

Antibiotic activities for peer education for GCSE and A level students

Beat the Bugs

Run a community group for adults or children? Use activities from our Beat the Bugs pack to educate and raise awareness about antibiotics

Run your own activity!

e-Bug have a plethora of fun and interactive activities. Watch the activity demonstrations for inspiration for your own activity!

Videos and games

Click on the links below to see the videos and games.

Card games (Microbe Mayhem)

e-Bug have teamed up with Focus Games to create Microbe Mayhem, a top trumps collectable card game. The game provides an exciting introduction to microbes and helps students to understand a range of common microbes, some of which we meet on a daily basis! Email us for more information.


Social media toolkit

Make use of these infographics on social media or alternatively hang as posters in your school or workplace!

Click on the icons to download:

  • e-Bug myth busting facts click here:
  • e-Bug microbe mugshots click here:

For more social media resources visit WHO and EAAD

Posters to hang in your school or workplace

Click on the icons to download:

  • 6 steps of handwashing
  • Chain of infection
  • Beat the Bugs posters
  • Science show posters Chain of infection

Key Links:

Antibiotic Guardian:

European Antibiotic Awareness Day:

British Society Antimicrobial Chemotherapy:

Microbiology Society:

Also see the WHO activity map to see events worldwide!