About World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day is an initiative by the Global Sepsis Alliance and has been established in 2012. The GSA is a non-profit charity organization with the mission to provide global leadership to reduce the worldwide burden of sepsis. To find out more about the GSA and the team behind it, please visit the GSA website.

Every year on September 13th, countless events raising awareness of sepsis are organized all over the world. The events range from medical education, to information for lay people, sport activities, fundraising events like pink picnics, and much more.



World Sepsis Day is held on September 13th every year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide annually. Yet, depending on country and education, sepsis is known only to 7 – 50 % of the people. Likewise, it is poorly known that sepsis can be prevented by vaccination and clean care and that early recognition and treatment reduces sepsis mortality by 50 %. This lack of knowledge makes sepsis the number one preventable cause of death worldwide.



World Sepsis Day is a favorable moment to increase public awareness for this poorly acknowledged health care disaster, but also to show support and solidarity with the millions of people who lost their loved ones, or, as sepsis survivors, suffer from long-term consequences of sepsis. World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to remind the public, media, national, and international health care authorities, health care providers, and health care workers, policy makers, and the governments that there is an urgent need to increase and improve education on the facility, regional, national, and international level. The easiest way to support World Sepsis Day: Share the link for signing the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends, and everyone that should be informed about sepsis.


What can You do for world sepsis day?

A collection of ideas that will inspire you can be found here


What can you do to become involved in World Sepsis Day?

Please see a collection of things you can do to become involved here. If there is anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time. 


How is World Sepsis Day Funded?

World Sepsis Day and the Global Sepsis Alliance are only possible thanks to the generous donations we receive from private donors, foundations, and professional societies, as well as the voluntary work of many individuals. We also have corporate sponsors, which you can learn more about here. Every donation we receive is used to further spread awareness about sepsis and World Sepsis Day, and accomplish the goals set out in the World Sepsis Declaration. You can donate here - every penny counts! 


How is World Sepsis Day Governed?

World Sepsis Day is an initiative by the Global Sepsis Alliance, which is a registered non-profit charity organization based in the UK and Germany. To learn more about the GSA and how it is organized, please visit the GSA website. Additionally, the World Sepsis Day Steering Committee, a committee of sepsis experts and survivors from all over the world, defines the direction of World Sepsis Day.