AWaRe: handle antibiotics with care

WHO launched a global campaign to urge governments to adopt a tool, the AWaRe tool, to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events, and costs. The tool classifies antibiotics from the WHO Essential Medicine’s list into three groups:

  • Access
  • Watch
  • Reserve

Join the global campaign by visiting the website and pledging to handle antibiotics with care.

Link to website:


WASH in healthcare facilities – a baseline report from WHO-UNICEF

WHO, together with UNICEF, published their first comprehensive global assessment of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities compiling data from 125 countries, representing over 560,000 facilities. It reports that one in four health care facilities lack basic water services and one in five has no sanitation service – impacting 2.0 billion and 1.5 billion people, respectively. The report also reveals that many health centres lack basic facilities for hand hygiene and safe segregation and disposal of health care waste. Inequities are highlighted, including that non-hospitals, such as primary health care facilities, are twice as likely to have no water or sanitation services.

The report estimates that 1 in 5 births globally takes place in least developed countries where half of the healthcare facilities have basic water services. Each year 17 million women give birth in facilities with inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.

You can download the report here and/or visit the data portal here.

The press release for the report can be found here.

WASH in health care facilities

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Gepostet von World Health Organization (WHO) am Dienstag, 2. April 2019

Save lives campaign 2019: Clean care for all – it’s in your hands

For 2019, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign led by WHO calls on everyone to be inspired by the global movement to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) in promoting hand hygiene. If you haven’t signed up for the campaign already, please do so here. You can find the entire campaign toolkit following this link.

You can also download the poster for the campaign here: high resolution and low resolution

And the “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” posters, adapted for different settings and populations here:


WHO Global Survey on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) unit at WHO is coordinating a global survey on the current level of progress in IPC programmes and hand hygiene activities in healthcare facilities in the context of the annual WHO hand hygiene campaign –scheduled for 5 May 2019.

The survey has two levels, involving the completion of two tools at the facility:

  1. The WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework (IPCAF)
  2. The WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF)

Healthcare facilities wishing to participate will receive an invitation after registering using this link or sending a request to [email protected]

All data submitted via the WHO IPC Global Survey online system will be confidential. English, French, and Spanish, versions are available (see dedicated pages) as well as some other languages. The survey will be open until 16 May 2019. For more information, please visit this link:



2nd World Sepsis Congress – Maternal and neonatal sepsis session

On 5 and 6 September 2018, the Global Sepsis Alliance held their Second World Sepsis Congress. Every session was recorded and is now available as a YouTube video or podcast. There was an entire session on the challenges of maternal and neonatal sepsis.

Please use the following link to see the YouTube video of this session and this link to access the podcast on this and other sessions.

For more information on the World Sepsis Congress, please visit their website here.


World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-16 November 2018

World antibiotic awareness week (WAAW) is coming up and WHO has developed many communication materials available for download. We encourage you all to participate and contribute in spreading the word around these two important messages:

“Think twice. Seek advice”

“Misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk”

During WAAW we encourage you to make use of the following resources:

  • social media messaging
  • a new infographic on how to improve use of antibiotics in surgical services
  • a training module for surgical site infection (SSI) prevention training module
  • a tele-class on implementation strategies and resources for SSI prevention (scheduled for 14 November from 2:30 to 3:30 pm CET)

You can also visit the resource page for the infection prevention and control (IPC) department at WHO for other IPC materials:

GLOSS in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The GLOSS research team –principal investigators from participating countries, PhD students leading secondary analyses, data analysts, and WHO staff– met in Rio de Janeiro on 12-13 October to discuss the preliminary results of the study. Almost 60 people were present and participated in active discussions about the findings of the study and the campaign. The group discussed plans for development of manuscripts to be published early in 2019.


GLOSS Latin American team met a day early for a focus group discussion on research capacity strengthening


GLOSS research team in Rio de Janeiro


Many of the GLOSS researchers stayed on for the FIGO conference, also held in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, WHO hosted special sessions and several of our colleagues presented on maternal sepsis. All sessions were recorded so make sure to check on the FIGO website for a video of the presentations.


WHO @ FIGO2018


Full house during the maternal sepsis session


María Fernanda Escobar (country coordinator for Colombia) presenting at the WHO session on maternal sepsis at FIGO


David Lissauer (country coordinator for UK) presenting at the WHO session on maternal sepsis at FIGO


Mercedes Bonet (WHO) presenting on GLOSS at FIGO


Mercedes Bonet, Joí£o Paulo Souza, David Lissauer, and Pisake Lumbiganon at the FIGO maternal sepsis presentation


Our colleague, Wisal Nabag from Sudan, was awarded a prize by FIGO in recognition of her work in obstetrics and gynaecology in her home country. Congratulations, Wisal!

Wisal Nabag
Wisal Nabag receives a prize in recognition of her work


New publication by our colleagues in Colombia

Our colleagues in Colombia have just published an article that aimed to compare the characterization of an obstetric population diagnosed with sepsis using two scales: the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis”related organ failure assessment (SOFA). They included 688 pregnant women who were admitted in the high-complexity obstetric unit and intensive care unit in a hospital in Cali, Colombia. They found that using the SIRS scale could promote early sepsis management by identifying patients who require admission to the high-dependency units. However, they found low concordance between these two scales, suggesting the need to create diagnostic scales specifically for  obstetric populations.

Please follow this link to get access to the full publication:

Congratulations to our colleagues!

Today is World Sepsis Day!

In recognition of this day and the hard work by all the providers and country coordinators participating in GLOSS, WHO just published an article showcasing Mexico. Although an awareness campaign accompanied the study to be implemented in all participating facilities, the country coordinator in Mexico decided to implement it country-wide, even in facilities that were not participating in GLOSS. This decision was made as a result of their own assessments at hospitals in every state in Mexico; they discovered that infections were among the top causes of death among women during or after pregnancy. Women had acquired these infections in both hospitals and communities. Dr Herrera Maldonado (GLOSS country coordinator) and her collaborators decided they must do more to understand how maternal sepsis was identified and managed.

“If we suspect sepsis we can have an impact on the reduction of maternal deaths from a preventable cause.” Dr Herrera Maldonado

With a better understanding of maternal sepsis, and with improved awareness of how to prevent, recognise and treat the condition, Dr Herrera Maldonado felt the GLOSS campaign would help Mexico to prevent maternal deaths nationwide.

Follow this link to read the entire article posted on the WHO website:

And follow @HRPresearch to continue the conversation on Twitter.


Second World Sepsis Congress 5-6 September 2018

Registration is now open for the 2nd World Sepsis Congress to be held completely online and for free on 5-6 September 2018.

Over the course of 17 sessions, more than 100 speakers from 30 countries will discuss all aspects of sepsis and its wide-ranging consequences. There will be sessions on prevention of infections and sepsis, two session on maternal and pediatric sepsis, and one session on awareness and education.

The session on maternal sepsis is scheduled for Thursday 6 September starting at 14:30h UTC. Please refer to the programme for more information.

The congress will be held in English and is open to everyone with an internet connection. After the congress, all presentations will be made available to view on demand on the World Sepsis Congress YouTube channel and as a podcast on Apple podcasts.

To find out more on the program, speakers, time zones, and much more go to:

Looking forward to seeing everyone online!