A call for global action from the 70th World Health Assembly as it adopts the resolution on sepsis

The 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the resolution – ‘Improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis’, yesterday during its meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for global action to fight and reduce the burden of sepsis which kills 6 million people annually, more than 5 million of them children. (5)

In addition, the WHO has pledged £3.5million into a campaign to raise awareness of sepsis around the world, including persuading its 194 member countries to always treat sepsis as an emergency.

A concerted effort is needed and WFPICCS, together with its members and the global health community, will work jointly in addressing the key actions of the resolution to reduce the unacceptable number of children dying from sepsis worldwide.






Sepsis resolution to be adopted by the 70th World Health Assembly this week

The 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 31 May, 2017 and thanks to the hard work of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) and its partners, sepsis has made it onto the WHO health agenda.

Special mention to Dr Tex Kissoon, GSA vice president and a past president of WFPICCS, who has worked tirelessly in both functions to draw greater attention to the global burden of sepsis and the need for concerted action by a global body like WHO.

The resolution ‘Improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis’ was unanimously recommended by the WHO Executive Board for adoption by the WHA this week.

The resolution urges member states to adopt the 9 key actions and requests that the WHO:

  • draw attention to the public health impact of sepsis,
  • support Member States as appropriate,
  • collaborate with other organizations & relevant stakeholders  in enhancing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable types of treatments of sepsis, and infection prevention and control.


For the full text of the resolution click here




On 24 May, 2017 – Join the World Health Assembly side event on Sepsis via LIVE STREAM

On Wednesday, May 24th, the Global Sepsis Alliance, jointly with the German Ministry of Health and the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, will host the WHA Side Event on Sepsis in Geneva.

Don’t miss this event in support of the recommendation of the WHO EB to the 70th World Health Assembly to adopt a resolution on sepsis that urges member states to develop training for all health professionals on infection prevention and patient safety.

To sign up for the live stream and for more information on the program and speakers visit

Survey for physicians: to identify current practice concerning parenteral nutrition in critically ill children worldwide

Nutritional practices at the pediatric ICU vary greatly due to limited high-level evidence. Recently, there has been some debate about the timing of parenteral nutrition in critically ill children .

The Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam in the Netherlands has set up an online survey, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Through this online survey we would like to investigate the current practice concerning parenteral nutrition in critically ill children worldwide and we are also interested in your doubts and reasons for administering parenteral nutrition during the first week.

Please consider participating in this 10 minute online survey. The questions are available in English, Spanish and French. Your responses are confidential.




Deadline: 31 July, 2017

Since this questionnaire is mostly about nutritional protocols on PICU’s, we would strongly advise only physicians working in the PICU to participate.

As fellow physicians, we know how limited and valuable your time is, and we appreciate your assistance greatly. We will share the results of the survey with you in a timely fashion.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Yours sincerely,
Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, the Netherlands

Koen Joosten, MD, PhD

Sascha Verbruggen, MD, PhD

Esther van Puffelen, MD


KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof Greet van den Berghe, MD, PhD

An Jacobs, MD


WFPICCS promoted the Worldwide survey of nutritional practices in PICUs back in 2014 and the results were published in the Pediatr Crit Care Med 2016; 17:10–18.  We invite you to read a summary of the results here


The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric ICU Visiting Professional Programme (VPP)

WFPICCS is pleased to advertise the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric ICU Visiting Professional Programme (VPP) which is designed to provide international visiting professionals with the opportunity to experience a paediatric ICU unit first hand.

The programme is a unique chance to be fully integrated within the quaternary PICU based on Forest Ward at Evelina London, one of the largest providers of children’s services in London and at the forefront of clinical activity, training and research.

For more information please visit


The WFPICCS Congress Planning Committee calls for nominations to host WFPICCS 2022 and WFPICCS 2024

The WFPICCS Board of Officers is pleased to invite you to submit a Letter of Interest to host the 11th Congress of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS 2022) and the 12th Congress of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS 2024).

The call to host is open to colleagues who are members of a WFPICCS member society

WFPICCS has a conference rotation policy and we welcome Letter of Interests from the EMEA region for WFPICCS 2022 and North America for WFPICCS 2024.   Deadline to receive Letter of Interest is 31 May, 2017.  

For more details please click here

New survey: Fluid Management Practice after Surgery for Heart Disease

On behalf of Jan Hanot MD, Gonzalo Garcia Guerra MD, MSc; Dominic Cave, MD, FRCPC from the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Unit, Stollery Children’s Hospital, University of Alberta, Department of Pediatrics, we invite PICU professionals to participate in the Fluid Management Practice after Surgery for Heart Disease Survey. Deadline is 31, May, 2017.

Read more about the survey on our PICU Survey & Study page  or go straight to the survey

PICU Survey & Study Results

We’ve created a page on our website to publish summaries of surveys and studies which WFPICCS promoted in the past.  The results of the Worldwide survey of nutritional practices in PICUs which WFPICCS promoted in 2014 has already been published in the PCCM Journal (Pediatr Crit Care Med 2016; 17:10–18).  If you haven’t seen the results, read the summary here