The concept behind Antibiotic Guardian is simple – it invites the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become Antibiotic Guardians. Launched by Public Health England in 2015, has now has almost 50,000 pledges including a number from farmers and farm vets.
Its aim is to promote a ‘One Health’ approach to antibiotic stewardship – a concept best summarised in the UK Government’s 2015 One Health report: “Resistant bacteria from animals and humans can transmit in both directions, through human contact with farm, wildlife or companion animals or their environments, through ingestion of contaminated food (both imported and local produced animal and vegetable or fruit items) and through contact with effluent waste from humans, animals and industry. Thus an integrated – One Health – approach to surveillance and action is needed.”
The Antibiotic Guardian pledges for farmers can currently be found under ‘Member of the Public’, and for vets, under ‘Healthcare Professional or Leader’. However, we hope the categories for food and farming will be updated and expanded in 2017 so watch this space! In the meantime, visit www.antibioticguardian.com for more information.