September 13th marks World Sepsis Day, an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against sepsis. As a leading cause of maternal and neonatal deaths, sepsis, or severe infection, is one of the most common fatal diseases worldwide. World Sepsis Day aims to raise awareness of this preventable tragedy and promote a world free of sepsis.
Sepsis arises when the immune system’s response to a local infection is released into the blood stream, causing the body to attack its own tissue and organs. As sepsis can develop rapidly, it is vital that it is identified as quickly as possible in order to provide treatment and prevent long-term damage or death. However, sepsis is often unrecognised and left far too late for effective treatment.
The Soapbox Collaborative works to help reduce infection or sepsis in mothers and newborns in low- and middle-income countries. We focus on the importance of clean safe care at birth to prevent infections through simple strategies and practices such as hand hygiene and ensuring a clean birth environment.
This year, we are excited to be joining the World Sepsis Conference Spotlight, a free online congress focussing on the issue of sepsis in maternal and neonatal health, hosted by the Global Sepsis Alliance and WHO on 12th September. We encourage all interested in finding out more about the neglected issue of maternal and neonatal sepsis to sign up, join the event and show your support in the fight to end sepsis.