Combatting maternal and neonatal sepsis will save lives and directly contribute to the achievement of SDG 3, which promotes good health and well-being. But the true burden of maternal and neonatal sepsis is presently unknown, owing to a lack of data.
GLOSS, the Global Maternal Sepsis Study, helped quantify the true burden and assess the current management of maternal and neonatal sepsis. The Study looked at how women with infection during pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum, or post-abortion are identified and treated in participating hospitals.
Over the course of one week between 28 November and 04 December 2017, the study prompted a massive coordinated data collection effort in over 700 healthcare facilities in 52 countries across the world. By clicking on the participating countries below, you will see the names of all the people involved with the study at the country level. The new and potential identification criteria were also tested and validated in this large global study.
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Disclaimer: The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the World Health Organization or the Global Maternal Sepsis Study researchers.
Global Maternal Sepsis Study publications
- Bonet M, Souza JP, Abalos E, Fawole B, Knight M, Kouanda S, Lumbiganon P, Nabhan A, Nadisauskiene R, Brizuela V, Metin Gülmezoglu A. The global maternal sepsis study and awareness campaign (GLOSS): study protocol. Reprod Health. 2018 Jan 30;15(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s12978-017-0437-8. PMID: 29382352; PMCID: PMC5791346.
- Brizuela V, Bonet M, Souza JP, Tunçalp Ö, Viswanath K, Langer A. Factors influencing awareness of healthcare providers on maternal sepsis: a mixed-methods approach. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jun 3;19(1):683. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6920-0. PMID: 31159751; PMCID: PMC6547516.
- WHO Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS) Research Group. Frequency and management of maternal infection in health facilities in 52 countries (GLOSS): a 1-week inception cohort study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 May;8(5):e661-e671. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30109-1. PMID: 32353314; PMCID: PMC7196885.
- Brizuela V, Bonet M, Trigo Romero CL, Abalos E, Baguiya A, Fawole B, Knight M, Lumbiganon P, Minkauskienė M, Nabhan A, Bique Osman N, Qureshi ZP, Souza JP; World Health Organization Global Maternal Sepsis Study Research Group. Early evaluation of the ‘STOP SEPSIS!’ WHO Global Maternal Sepsis Awareness Campaign implemented for healthcare providers in 46 low, middle and high-income countries. BMJ Open. 2020 May 21;10(5):e036338. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036338. PMID: 32444432; PMCID: PMC7247401.
- Brizuela V, Cuesta C, Bartolelli G, Abdosh AA, Abou Malham S, Assarag B, Castro Banegas R, Díaz V, El-Kak F, El Sheikh M, Pérez AM, Souza JP, Bonet M, Abalos E; WHO GLOSS Research Group. Availability of facility resources and services and infection-related maternal outcomes in the WHO Global Maternal Sepsis Study: a cross-sectional study. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 Jul 14:S2214-109X(21)00248-5. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00248-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34273300.
- Baguiya A, Bonet M, Cecatti JG, Brizuela V, Curteanu A, Minkauskiene M, Jayaratne K, Ribeiro-do-Valle CC, Budianu MA, Souza JP, Kouanda S, on behalf of the WHO Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS) Research Group. Perinatal outcomes among births to women with infection during pregnancy. Arch Dis Child. 2021 Sep 2:archdischild-2021-321865. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-321865. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34475107.