Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were first discovered1 – but a world without antibiotics could be closer than we think.
If we do not act today, it’s estimated that 10 million lives a year could be put at risk due to the rise of drug-resistant infections by 2050.2 That’s why we need to work together to find solutions to ensure that future generations continue to benefit from these life-saving medicines.
As part of our efforts, we developed ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ – a school programme designed to educate students across the country about:
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
The role of vaccines
Viruses & Pandemics
The programme has been developed in partnership with the National Schools Partnership, a unique network of teachers, education experts and school leaders.
What's available for Teachers and Students?
Available all year round for students aged 5-14 years with support resources for teachers.
Visit the National Schools Partnership website to register your school and take part in our annual 'Superbugs: Join the Fight' competition. Competition entry is open between November 2021 - May 2022.
Annual School Competition - 'Superbugs: Join the Fight'
Since 2019, we have been running our annual Superbugs: Join the Fight competition. Each year we ask students to help us tell the world about superbugs, vaccines or viruses, for example in 2020/21 by creating an advert for film, TV, radio or a podcast.
Every year the competition runs from November to May and we have a panel of expert judges - including members from the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK), and more. From a shortlist of entries, the judges choose a winner and runner-up for three age groups across Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, who then receive a prize. Our most recent winners received a film-making workshop, to turn their entry into a professional video which they can share with the rest of their school, family and friends.
Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Threat
No one person or organisation can fix the AMR problem on their own. From pharmaceutical companies to healthcare organisations, and policy makers to the general public, we all have a responsibility to protect the future of antibiotics.
We’re committed to raising public awareness of this global threat through initiatives like the ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ school programme, as well as working with government, healthcare workers and other organisations across the globe to tackle this urgent public health threat.
We've launched a national campaign which aims to help us all feel empowered to change the course of antimicrobial resistance.
We sponsored the "Superbugs: the Fight for Our Lives" exhibition, which explored the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
HM Government. Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019–2024. Accessed Oct 2021
AMR Review. Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final report and recommendation. Accessed Oct 2021