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A survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently informed us that antibiotic resistance could have harmful consequences for health.

“A Multi-Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (BMR) is a bacterium that is only sensitive to a very small number of antibiotics. All bacteria can develop multidrug resistance, whether they are involved in community infections or nosocomial infections. "


“Antibiotic resistance, also called antibiotic resistance, occurs when a bacteria evolves and becomes resistant to antibiotics used to treat infections, according to the World Health Organization. […] This global scourge is mainly linked to overconsumption antibiotics and their misuse. "

Source:, November 16, 2015

The following exercises will help you better understand the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance and see what can be done to combat it.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the impacts of antimicrobial resistance on human health;
- Understand what causes antibiotic resistance;
- Know ways to avoid developing antibiotic resistance.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: What is antibiotic resistance?

Using the capsule: " What is antibiotic resistance? Invite students to answer the following questions to better understand what antibiotic resistance is:

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ACTIVITY 2: Antibiotics

Using video next, and this excerpt from the show " This is not rocket science »Ask students for their opinion on the usefulness of antibiotics.

- Where do the antibiotics come from?
- What natural mechanism of the immune system do antibiotics help?
- What type of disease are the antibiotics targeting?
- How do bacteria survive antibiotics?

ACTIVITY 3: Awareness

Several groups have already expressed reservations about the use of antibiotics too much and all sauces.

In class, observe the following pictures (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). Ask students for their
opinion in relation to these images.

- Is the message clear?
- Can the target audience feel challenged by such an image?
- Which one has the best impact?

Finally, have the students come up with a shocking slogan to fight antibiotic resistance.

More about the magazine

WHO: Antibiotic resistance threatens us all | Medicine, November 16, 2015

Antibiotic resistance: What is antibiotic resistance?
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Government of Canada

What is antibiotic resistance?
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WHO's first report on antibiotic resistance: a serious global threat 
WHO Press Release, April 30, 2014

Fact sheet on bacterial resistance
National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services

WHO | Antibiotic resistance 
WHO Fact Sheet, November 2015

More than 12,000 deaths per year: antibiotic resistance becomes automatic; it will soon be catastrophic
The blog of Jean-Yves Nau, journalist and doctor of medicine

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