Having in mind the meaning of the rational use of antibiotics and the scope of the problem caused by the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, Macedonia has been taking part in this initiative since its beginning in 2008, thus being one of the 32 European countries that promoted the rational use of antibiotics amongst the population and the health workers. This year, the European day is focused on the promotion of rational use of antibiotics amongst veterinary doctors.
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European public health initiative to raise awareness about the problem of antibiotic resistance, and to provide information on how everyone can contribute to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics. In 2008, European Antibiotic Awareness Day is focusing specifically on the need for everybody to reduce any unnecessary use of antibiotics.
The second European Patients’ Rights Day took place on 18 April 2008. The celebration in Republic of Macedonia was organized by CRPRC Studiorum, that hosted an event supported by EC and Active Citizenship Network (ACN) from Italy.