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WHA Adopts Resolution on Sepsis / Fri, 26 May 2017
On Friday, May 26th, 2017, the World Health Assembly and the World Health Organization made sepsis a global health priority, by adopting a resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis. This marks a quatum leap in the global fight against sepsis.

Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure. Sepsis is often confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure and ultimately death.

The resolution urges the 194 United Nation Member States to implement appropriate measures to reduce the human and health economic burden of sepsis. In the USA alone, sepsis causes or contributes to half of all deaths in hospitals and has become the leading cause of annual hospitals costs, at over 24 billion USD per year.

The resolution also requests the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, to draw attention to the public health impact of sepsis and to 1) publish a report on sepsis and its global consequences by the end of 2018, 2) support the Member States adequately, 3) collaborate with other UN organizations, and 4) report to the 2020 WHA on the implementation of this resolution.

“Community-acquired and health care-acquired sepsis represent a huge global burden that has been estimated to be 31 million cases every year, six million of which result in death,” said Dr. Chan. “One in ten patients world-wide acquires one health care associated infection which often manifests itself with sepsis conditions. I commend the member states for the content of the resolution on sepsis which point to key actions that need to be taken to reverse these shocking statistics.”

The WHO has allocated $4.6 million USD to help implement their sepsis resolution.

Download ... Press Release _ WHA Adopts Resolution on Sepsis.pdf
Download ... WHA Sepsis Resolution final version A70_R7-en.pdf
World Sepsis Day 2017 - Your Event / Thu, 13 Jul 2017
World Sepsis Day is exactly two months away - in case you have not planned an event yet, please find some inspiration for activities for World Sepsis Day on September 13 here:
2nd Photographic Exhibition: Sepsis: Face to Face / Thu, 22 Jun 2017
For the second year in a row, the Hospital Juárez de México will host the photographic exhibition "Sepsis: Face to Face". We encourage you, your colleagues, and your organization to participate to send a strong signal in the global fight against sepsis.<br><br> The topics of this years photo exhibition are sepsis, hand hygiene, vaccination, and antimicrobial resistance.<br><br> Participation is as easy as taking a picture of you and sending it before August 1st, 2017 to
The Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization have joined forces to host the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on September 12th, 2017 / Fri, 09 Jun 2017
The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in the style of the 1st World Sepsis Congress last year.
Jury Announces Winners of the Global Sepsis Awards 2017 / Mon, 15 May 2017
The GSA rewards outstanding efforts in the fight against sepsis
Newsletter 3 • 2016 / Thu, 10 Nov 2016
<br> A Look Back on the 1st World Sepsis Congress +++ GSA Awards - Winners 2016 & Nominate/Apply for 2017 +++ Update on the Campaign for a World Health Assembly Resolution on Sepsis +++ New Numbers on Sepsis Awareness by the UK Sepsis Trust +++ ... and much more!