Since awareness is the first step to preventing maternal sepsis, an important component of the Initiative has focused on empowering healthcare providers in the participating facilities to suspect, treat and prevent sepsis in women and newborns.  A number of resources were developed to help them learn more about sepsis and the campaign, help them engage their communities, and equip their teams with the knowledge they need to identify and prevent maternal and neonatal sepsis in their facilities



“Implementation of the campaign changed the way the city’s providers acted. First, it helped in bridging the gap between academics and providers, which, in turn, helped motivate the entire staff around the study. The campaign helped us all feel more committed with the study. And, most importantly, it helped shed light on a problem (maternal sepsis) that we hadn’t made public before.”

(Cali, Colombia)

“In (our) facility there was already a protocol for sepsis early recognition, but the campaign, as well as the study made it come alive again. Sepsis was on everyone’s eyes and mouths. The teams were very permeable to knowledge and eager to recognize and treat sepsis immediately.”

(Campinas, Brazil)

“Participation in the campaign allowed me to see that we can find cases of maternal sepsis in the most diverse locations in a facility. And that invariably the most complex cases were those resulting from a condition that was neglected or treated incorrectly/untimely.”

(Maputo, Mozambique)

“Despite having some protocols in place, during the campaign and study we realized that these were not sufficient to detect women with infection. This campaign was very important and helped us find a lot of cases that might have been missed otherwise (…) We are planning on improving reporting mechanisms of any suspected cases and supportive supervision and surveillance as a result of this study.”

(Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

“As a result of our participation in GLOSS, we actually committed as a Program in our 2017 Maternal Death Review Forum to eliminate maternal sepsis as a cause of maternal death.”

(Manila, Philippines)

The campaign in countries