Published on Nov 06, 2023
Reviewed by Pfizer Medical Team
'Through Martin’s Microscopic World' highlights the dangers of antimicrobial resistance for the next generation and how small steps today can help secure a healthy future for all.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were first discovered 1 – but a world without antibiotics could be closer than we think. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is when a microbe, in this case bacteria, develops a way to prevent antibiotics from killing it or inhibiting its growth, meaning that antibiotic can no longer be used against it.
AMR is a global public health threat, that demands attention and action.2 The responsible use of antimicrobials has the potential to save millions of lives.3 Raising awareness with children has been highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a priority.4 We must all do our part and small steps today can help reduce the spread of AMR to ensure that future generations continue to benefit from these life-saving medicines.
'Through Martin’s Microscopic World' is a children’s book that makes the science of bacteria easy to understand. In the book, Martin goes on an adventure with Captain Bacillo of the ship Microscope, who teaches him all about bacteria. Along the way he learns interesting facts, including that bacteria are among the oldest forms of life in the universe, and the air expelled in a sneeze can reach up to 100 miles per hour.
“With this book, we aim to contribute to building a new generation that is prepared for pandemics and better informed about how infections are transmitted and how the major public health challenge of bacterial resistance must be addressed,” said the author Marta Maroto Díaz.
Published by WeebleBooks, Through Martin's Microscopic World features interactive augmented reality for a more immersive experience. It is available for free from Pfizer Spain and can be accessed via the link. Preview the first few pages of the book below.