Today is the Day! Together, We Can Stop Maternal Sepsis!

GLOSS, the Global Maternal Sepsis Study, has started!

Over the course of this week, the study will prompt a massive coordinated data collection effort in approximately 500 healthcare facilities in 47 low- and middle income countries and 7 high income countrieacross the world. 

After this week we will be able to better quantify the true burden and assess the current management of maternal sepsisaround the world. The study will look at how women with infection during pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum, or post-abortion are identified and treated in participating hospitals. 

Below are some photos of the teams getting ready for today. 







New video contributed by colleagues in Guatemala

Our GLOSS colleagues at the Hospital Regional de Occidente (HRO) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, have created a new video to raise awareness on maternal sepsis and share details about the upcoming Global Maternal Sepsis Study. The video features commentary from doctors William Arriaga and Guadalupe Flores of the HRO department of gynaecology and obstetrics, as well as a patient perspective from a pregnant woman surviving sepsis on the importance of studying maternal sepsis.

Note: video is available in Spanish language only.

“Sepsis en embarazo” video contributed by colleagues in Colombia

Our GLOSS colleagues María Fernanda Escobar and Javier Carvajal, together with Adriana Messa from Fundación Valle de Lili in Cali, Colombia have created a new video to showcase STOP SEPEIS campaign information about sepsis during pregnancy. The “Sepsis en embarazo” video is being shown on TV screens in the Fundación Valle del Lili during the data preparation and collection phases of the Global Maternal Sepsis Study. It is a wonderful demonstration of the campaign in action and an invaluable resource for healthcare practitioners and patients.


Note: video is available in Spanish language only.

Antibiotics: Handle with care

his week is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, a WHO initiative to raise awareness for a serious public health threat: antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  Antibiotics are an important tool in effectively treating infections, including maternal and neonatal sepsis. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. As a result, the medicines become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others.


To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, healthcare providers can:

  • Prevent infections by ensuring hands, instruments, and environment is clean.
  • Only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, according to current guidelines.
  • Report antibiotic-resistant infections to surveillance teams.
  • Talk to patients about how to take antibiotics correctly, antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse.
  • Talk to patients about preventing infections (for example, vaccination, hand washing, safer sex, and covering nose and mouth when sneezing).


You can learn more about World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and download information and tools here.

Six Bolivian hospitals will participate in GLOSS

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Bolivia has announced that six healthcare facilities in the La Paz/El Alto region are joining WHO for the Global Maternal Sepsis Study and Campaign (GLOSS).

PAHO Bolivia will collaborate with the Bolivian Ministry of Health to conduct the study in six national hospitals. The campaign was launched early this week and data collection is set to begin on 28 November 2017. Over the course of one week eligible women will be identified to follow up for up to six weeks to more accurately understand the burden of maternal sepsis in Bolivia, and around the world.

You can read the full PAHO Bolivia statement here (in Spanish)