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WHO: Recognition of sepsis as Global Burden
To date, the Global Burden of Disease Report (GBDR) and the WHO website lists only “maternal sepsis” and “sepsis in newborns”.

Since its inception in 1991, the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) report of the WHO has made great inroads in decreasing mortality worldwide with its diagnostic categories and coding of disease, impacting clinicians and public health initiatives. The coding for sepsis however, is problematic as it is only considered for GBD statistics when regarded as a primary diagnosis. This is in spite of the fact that most cases are considered secondary, such as in the context of invasive treatments and procedures for other diseases in the hospital setting, or as the underlying cause and final common pathway of death in most infectious disease.

This failure to highlight sepsis as a major contributor to death may partly explain why the term sepsis is not known to most laypeople, journalists and politicians. This was the primary reason that over the past decade international and national initiatives like the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, the World Federations for adult critical care (WFSICCM) and pediatric intensive care medicine (WFPICCS), the International Sepsis Forum (ISF) and many national organizations and individuals launched quality improvement initiatives and have worked diligently to increase public and policy maker’s awareness of the burden of sepsis. To foster these efforts with the support of these organizations the Global Sepsis Alliance launched the first World Sepsis Day in 2012.

The Global Burden of Disease report can have a tremendous positive impact on the perception of sepsis, impacting the decision making of policymakers, international and national health care authorities, funding agencies and healthcare providers. It will provide the rationale to guide important public health measures, resource allocation for preventive measures and the decisions of national and globally acting funding agencies for health research. For the frontline clinicians it is crucial to find a way to change the perception that sepsis is a specific infectious entity that only occurs in neonates but that most patients who die as a result of acute infections die from sepsis which can be averted by early therapeutic interventions.

Therefore we are focusing our international efforts on the goal of adequately reflecting the real burden of sepsis in all age groups in the GBDR.

We have to convince the WHO
• that it is most important to increase sepsis awareness by changing its communication strategy and to no longer refer only to the infections that cause sepsis, but highlight sepsis as the major cause of death from infection,
• to officially endorse World Sepsis Day by the General Assembly of the UN.

Yet, as long as sepsis is not present on the level of the national disease reports, it will be difficult to improve the under-representation of sepsis in the GBDR as this report is primarily based on the documentation of diseases in the framework of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) ) on the national level.
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For this, and to reduce sepsis incidence 20% by 2020, we need your active support.
FAQs
Over the past year we've been collecting the questions we receive most frequently about sepsis. Please share this information with your friends and family. Don’t see your question on the list? Get in touch with us, and we’ll do our best to help.
Sepsis should be known!
We want to set World Sepsis Day on the Agenda of the World Health Assembly in 2016.
Worldwide Sepsis Webinar
On 13th September 2015, we organized 
the first worldwide sepsis webinar. More than 20 sepsis experts from all over the world presented online-talks about specific sepsis topics. <br/> <a href="http://world-sepsis-day.org/wwsw"target="extern"class="CONTA_URL">... Click here to access recordings</a>
Too many people develop sepsis. Too few survive.
Get 13th September, World Sepsis Day, officially recognized as World Health Day by the World Health Assembly. With every heartbeat someone around the world contracts sepsis. <br><b/>The chance of surviving sepsis is high – if it is treated within the first few hours. </b>
Sepsis Facts
Sepsis is common and often deadly. It remains the primary cause of death from infection, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care.