World Sepsis Day 2023 – Together we can end maternal sepsis

Every 4 minutes, a woman dies from a sepsis-related cause somewhere in the world, with the greatest burden borne by women in low- and middle-income countries.

On World Sepsis Day, join our efforts to raise awareness about maternal sepsis and help us disseminate our new video

We are testing effective strategies to prevent and manage maternal sepsis in Malawi and Uganda, via an integrated programme including hand hygiene, optimized use of antibiotics and improved surgical practices, and improved maternal sepsis management. This programme responds to the 70th World Health Assembly resolution Improving the prevention, diagnosis and clinical management of sepsis and the Global Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Initiative objectives.


4th World Sepsis Congress – 2023: Maternal Sepsis: Why Is It Still in the Top 3 for Global Incidence of Sepsis?

On April 25-26, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) hosted the 4th World Sepsis Congress “ONE GLOBAL HEALTH THREAT: SEPSIS, PANDEMICS, AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE”.

The 4th WSC featured 16 sessions across 2 days, including a session on maternal sepsis entitled MATERNAL SEPSIS: WHY IS IT STILL IN THE TOP 3 FOR GLOBAL INCIDENCE OF SEPSIS?,  co-organized by GSA and WHO.


You can access the recording of this session using the links below:

Direct YouTube link:

Podcast link:


An Epidemiology-Based Assessment of the Problem – Alan Tita, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States of America

Sharing the Story from Malawi – Video

Sepsis Awareness and the Importance of Advocacy: Perspective of a Midwife and Sepsis Survivor – Helen Cheyne, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Early Detection and Management: What Does It Mean for Maternal Sepsis? – Maria Fernanda Escobar Vidarte, The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Colombia

Can Changing the Health System’s Approach Improve Maternal Sepsis Outcomes in Argentina and Beyond? – Edgardo Abalos, Independent Researcher, Argentina

Can Changing the Health System’s Approach Improve Maternal Sepsis Outcomes in Lebanon and Beyond? – Sabina Abou Malham, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

The Perspective of the World Health Organization – Benedetta Allegranzi, World Health Organization, Switzerland