What We Do
The Global Sepsis Alliance is a non-profit charity organization with the aim to raise awareness of sepsis worldwide and reduce sepsis deaths by 20 % by 2020. Here is what we do to achieve these goals.
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World Sepsis Day
In 2012, the GSA initiated World Sepsis Day. Every year on September 13, countless events raising awareness on sepsis are organized all over the world. The events range from medical education, to information for lay people, sport activities, fundraising events like pink picnics, and much more. To learn more, please visit the World Sepsis Day Homepage.
Resolution on Sepsis
The GSA is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), national sepsis advocate groups, governments, and politicians, and on May 26th, 2017, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, has adopted a resolution on sepsis. This resolution is a quantum leap in the global fight against sepsis and will save countless lives all over the world.
World Sepsis Congress
In 2016, the GSA hosted the 1st World Sepsis Congress. Over the course of two days and 13 distinctive sessions, 75 speakers from over 20 countries gave 10 to 15-minute presentations and keynotes on all aspects of sepsis. Fostering our aspiration to bring knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world, the WSC was held completely online and free of charge. 15,000 people registered to participate, almost half (42 %) from low- and middle income countries. The talks of the congress are available for free on YouTube and as a Podcast on iTunes.
The 2nd World Sepsis Congress is planned for Fall 2018.
World Sepsis Congress Spotlight
The success of the 1st World Sepsis Congress and your overwhelming feedback made us realize that there is the need for a smaller and more focused satellite congress, the WSC Spotlight. The aim of this congress is to shine a spotlight on a neglected aspect of sepsis. We plan to hold WSC Spotlight's with different topics every uneven year, in between World Sepsis Congresses.
We will start in 2017 with the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis, in partnership with the WHO. The congress will be completely online and free of charge.
Every year, the GSA recognizes major achievements in the fight against sepsis with the GSA Awards. The GSA Awards are greanted in three categories:
- Governments and health care authorities
- Non-governmental organizations and patient advocate groups or healthcare provider groups
- Individual nominees
Winners of category 2 and 3 are also awarded $ 2,500 for their respective sepsis projects. The awards are sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation.
The deadline to apply is March 31st every year. The winners of the 2017 GSA Awards will be announced shortly.
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Quality improvement and patient safety are not only buzzwords in the healthcare sector right now, they are also incredibly important to saving lives.
The aim Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) is to provide resources to organizations/hospitals interested in improving quality control, help them implementing such measures, and connect them with people who have done similar projects in the past. The committee currently has 14 members, 12 of them medical professionals with a vast experience in quality improvement and patient safety.
Members and Professional Network
The GSA was founded in 2010 as an association of members of the global sepsis community, including the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, the International Sepsis Forum, the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, and the Sepsis Alliance. Since then, more than 50 additional associations from all over the world have joined GSA, making it the biggest coalition in the fight against sepsis worldwide.
One key part to fighting sepsis worldwide is awareness. Studies show that only 6 % to 50 % have heard the term sepsis before, highly depending on the country. To raise awareness for sepsis, we bring relevant information about sepsis and the work of the GSA directly to you, no matter what platform you prefer.