World Sepsis Congress: WSC Spotlight on Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis

On 12 September 2017, healthcare providers from around the world joined the first virtual World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis. The inaugural WSC Spotlight, convened by the Global Sepsis Alliance and the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization, was held leading up to World Sepsis Day 2017. Experts shared research, perspectives, tools and information about how to suspect, treat and prevent maternal and neonatal sepsis.

We are pleased to share here the first session on the topic of Challenges of Medicine, Politics, and Society. You can also watch a short video of the opening remarks by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, here.

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Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon, Global Sepsis Alliance, Canada

Opening Remarks:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Switzerland

Sepsis and the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals:

Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO, Switzerland

Over 7 Million Childhood Deaths Averted — Progress Report by the Vaccine Alliance:

Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO GAVI, Switzerland

Nationwide Sepsis Awareness Saves Lives:

Ron Daniels, UK Sepsis Trust, United Kingdom

Challenges of Sepsis Care and Research in Sub-Saharan Africa:

Elizabeth Molyneux, World Child Cancer, Malawi

Opportunities and Challenges of the WHO Resolution on Sepsis:

Konrad Reinhart, Global Sepsis Alliance, Germany


You can access the full suite of materials shared at the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on the WSC Youtube channel or via podcasts available in the Apple iTunes store. Please visit for the full release schedule.