World Sepsis Day –  13 September

World Sepsis Day  is an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance  and its founding members, all of whom are non-profit organizations. Each year on 13 September, sepsis advocates from all over the world organize various activities in their respective countries, like photo or movie competitions, information events, sporting events, and much more. Check out the event poster  to get an overview over everything that happened last World Sepsis Day.

The Objectives of the GSA in General

GSA’s mission is best set out in the targets of the World Sepsis Declaration . The GSA wants to ensure that:

  • The incidence of sepsis decreases globally by implementation of strategies to prevent sepsis
  • Sepsis survival increases for children (including neonates) and adults in all countries through the promotion and adoption of early recognition systems and standardized emergency treatment
  • Public and professional understanding and awareness of sepsis improve
  • All patients worldwide get better access to appropriate rehabilitation services
  • The measurement of the global burden of sepsis and the impact of sepsis control and management interventions improve significantly

 Current Priorities

  • Acknowledgement of a resolution on sepsis including official designation of World Sepsis Day (WSD) as one of the World Health Days by the World Health Assembly (2017)
  • Recognition of sepsis in the Global Burden of Disease Report
  • Increase public awareness and implementation of quality improvement initiatives


If you are an individual or a hospital:

  • Sign  the World Sepsis Declaration
  • Participate in the 1st World Sepsis Congress on September 8th and 9th, 2016. Connect and learn with leading sepsis experts around the globe – for free and from the comfort of your home or office! More information & registration:
  • Bring up the issue of sepsis whenever appropriate at all levels, building coalitions demonstrating a cohesive professional support for raising these issues within your country
  • Address your government representatives/other stakeholders, especially your Ministry of Health officials, and ask them to support the resolution, for example by writing a letter of support to the secretariat of the WHA or to the Director-General of WHO
  • Initiate quality improvement measures on a local, regional or national levels
  • Join our Communication or Quality Improvement Committee
  • Donate  
  • Subscribe to our newsletter 

If you are an organization/society:

 For More Information

PdfWSD Flyer

PdfFactsheet on Sepsis – short version


Factsheet on Sepsis – long version

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care with hospital mortality rates between 30 and 60%.

Every day, Sepsis kills over 10000 people worldwide!
Every year, Sepsis kills more people than HIV/AIDS and breast cancer combined!
 “Stop Sepsis, Save Lives”

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