Lancet Burden of Sepsis News Release

26 January, 2020

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We would like you to please:

1. Read and share the attached press release [*see note below] and Q & A documents with colleagues, professional organisations and policy makers. Please disseminate widely

2. Get this on your local, regional or national news outlets.

Sepsis Facts

Sepsis is a life- threatening organ dysfunction caused by dysregulated host response to infection, and is a serious global health concern that affects more than 30 million people worldwide every year, with high mortality rates and high costs of care, particularly in low-resource settings. Therefore, the implications for nurse leaders as Stakeholders in healthcare system to transform Sepsis Care in Africa.

Deadly Sepsis is a Global Priority, but dismissed by majority of Health Systems Worldwide. The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) says not nearly enough is being done to curb Sepsis, one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases, and designated a global priority by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017. The GSA encourages all stakeholders to be engaged in various projects to raise awareness, prevent and optimize treatment of sepsis.

It affects between 47 and 50 million people every year, at least 11 million die - one death every 2.8 secondss.

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines(SSCG) provide strategies for targeting patients at risk of developing sepsis and septic shock. Infection prevention and control (IPC), which includes hand hygiene, is fundamental to safe and effective health care systems. Hand hygiene is relevant to all health workers, patients and their families at each single encounter.

Stop Sepsis, Save Lives. It’s in your Hands, Prevent Sepsis in Health Care!!!

This study takes a much broader approach and looks at the whole spectrum of sepsis worldwide, including Africa. The Global Burden of Sepsis study reveals that the number of sepsis cases and deaths caused by sepsis is double that of the previously available figures, and estimates that 20 per cent of global deaths are due to sepsis. In addition about 85% of sepsis cases worldwide occur in low and middle income countries such as African countries.

The paper estimates that Africa is the continent most affected by sepsis. Sub-Saharan Africa had about 17 million cases of sepsis in 2017 resulting in an estimated 3.5 million deaths. This is an opportunity to convince policy makers in Africa to take action. We have also written to the African Union and Africa CDC to draw their attention to the paper. Please do let us know how you get on.

Best Regards


Dr. Halima M. Salisu-Kabara RN, FWACN, PhD

Former Practice Development Manager,

Life Support Training Center, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Kano-Nigeria

Vice-Executive Director & Co-Founder of African Sepsis Alliance (ASA)

Director, African Federation of Critical Care Nurses (AFCCN)

Member, Board of Directors, Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA)

GSM: +234(0)8034526446; what’s app: +234(0)8027237569.



HIFA profile: Halima Salisu-Kabara is Section Head/Coordinator at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Professional interests: Workforce development, Sepsis Research training and education, Infection Prevention and Control.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments. The press release is available here: ]