WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 18.-24.11.2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has organised this awareness week for several years now as the issue of the rising use of antibiotics has become increasingly critical. The campaign thinking is to inform people how to avoid the excessive and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Rising use of antibiotics leads to more medicine resistant bacteria and the treatment of different illnesses becomes harder. Animal health in food production plays a major role in reducing the amount of antibiotics in our food products. 
VikingGenetics has been breeding for healthier animals for years and we play an active role in reducing the usage of antibiotics in modern food production. 

VikingGenetics is proud to be a company that has been breeding for healthy cows for more than 40 years. The results can now show that Nordic countries have the lowest use of antibiotics in the world. In our VikingDefence campaign, launched in 2017 during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we highlight our commitment of breeding for cows with the lowest use of antibiotics in the world, no use of antibiotics for preventive use and a very strict veterinary control over the use of antimicrobials, antibiotics and hormones.
We applaud the initiative of the United Nations to give greater visibility to this problem, therefore we want to share with you this important message of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark who is making a call to the agricultural sectors and society in general, to understand the importance of coordinated actions to active reduce the use of antibiotics. 

David S. Ravnkilde, Head of Business Development at VikingGenetics

"There is growing international concern regarding multi-resistant bacteria (MRSA), and we are starting to see more attention being paid to the subject from both politicians and consumers. The World Health Organization has recently campaigned to create awareness about this problem, and for one week in November, the whole world turns its eyes to this global health problem and the steps that can be taken to reduce the use of antibiotics.

Concerned about the problem, VikingGenetics wants to ensure that dairy farmers can reduce the use of antibiotics in cattle breeding, and due to strict veterinarian regulation of the use of antibiotics in dairy herds in Scandinavia, we are able to breed for health. The focus on health within VikingGenetics has been natural for us over the past 40 years – and as a result, we now see that antibiotics use in Scandinavia is far lower than the rest of Europe and around the world."

WHO key campaign facts: 

  • Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.
  • Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
  • Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
  • A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhoea – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
  • Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, the agriculture sector should:

  • Only give antibiotics to animals under veterinary supervision.
  • Stop using antibiotics for growth promotion or to prevent diseases.
  • Vaccinate animals to reduce the need for antibiotics and use alternatives to antibiotics when available.
  • Promote and apply good practices at all steps of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.
  • Improve biosecurity on farms and prevent infections through improved hygiene and animal welfare.

Read more about the WHO World Antibiotics Awareness Week on WHO website.