ebugEuropean Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual campaign held on 18 November every year to raise awareness of prudent antibiotic use and the threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide with many causes, including; not completing the prescribed dosage and the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for viral infections.

This year the team here at e-Bug are focussing our competition on the teachers and educators of our young people. There are two age categories; KS2 and KS3/KS4. We know that teaching about antibiotics can be challenging so we’re giving you the opportunity to share your approach with other teachers via e-Bug. To enter, send us a video recording, YouTube link or written lesson plan with photos of how you inform your students about antibiotics, to e-bug@phe.gov.uk or directly to me at donna.lecky@phe.gov.uk. If you haven’t got a teaching plan already, that’s fine, create a new one!

The Prize
We are pleased to announce that the prizes this year are sponsored by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the Society for General Medicine (SGM) with the winner in each category taking home £100 for themselves and £500 for their school along with free annual school corporate membership to the SGM. Two runners up in each category will receive £50 each and £150 for their school. For those of you not employed as a school teacher but still wishing to take part, the school prize will be donated to a school of your choice.

This is a great opportunity to share your teaching methods with other teachers and educators across Europe and to play a role in the educating of our future patients and prescribers to ensure that antibiotics remain effective treatments for us and for generations to come.

You can find out more about the competition by visiting the webpage at http://www.e-bug.eu/games_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=e-Bug%20Games. The deadline is 26th July.