The GSA Is Hiring - Apply Now to Become Our New Liaison Officer
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We are looking to strengthen our current 3-person team with a ‘Liaison Officer’ to become our fourth team member. You will be working full-time (40h a week) in Berlin, Germany.


About Us

The Global Sepsis Alliance is an international non-profit charity organization with the mission to provide global leadership to reduce the worldwide burden of sepsis. The GSA is the initiator of World Sepsis Day on September 13 and World Sepsis Congress, a series of free online congresses bringing knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world, among other initiatives.

The GSA works closely with its over 90 member organizations, patient advocacy groups, professional societies, healthcare authorities, and governments to implement changes on how sepsis is prioritized, diagnosed, and treated all around the world, as laid out by the WHO Resolution on Sepsis.



  • Closely work with GSA Members, international stakeholders, and national Governments to coordinate the implementation of the demands of the WHO Resolution on Sepsis

  • Support creation, development, and implementation of national action plans

  • Support creation and development of regional sepsis alliances, especially the European Sepsis Alliance and the African Sepsis Alliance

  • Collaborate with and support the Chair and General Manager



  • Experience in project management, preferably with geographically dispersed teams

  • Experience in working with charitable organizations/non-profits

  • Reliability and ability to work unsupervised

  • Knowledge of medical concepts and terms

  • Experience in working with the medical community

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and German

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail


We offer

  • Diversified, exciting challenge in the fast-growing healthcare sector

  • Opportunity to collaborate with renowned experts and key opinion leaders who are world-class in their particular area of expertise

  • Opportunity to help shape and influence sustainable structures in this young non-profit organization with flat hierarchies


If you can identify yourself with the above requirements, we look forward to receiving your application documents via our website no later than Sunday, April 28th, 2019. We ensure absolute discretion. With equal qualifications, severely disabled are preferred.

Marvin Zick
Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Awards - International Pediatric Nurses Apply Now
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Applications for Erin's Campaign for Kids Nursing Awards are now open, including for pediatric nurses living outside the United States.

Our colleagues at the Sepsis Alliance created Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Awards in honor of Erin Kay Flatley, an aspiring teacher who tragically and suddenly died of sepsis when she was only 23 years old. These awards recognize nurses and nursing students who demonstrate excellence in their work and a commitment to improving outcomes among sepsis patients.

Awards are granted in the following four categories: Pediatric Nurse, International Pediatric Nurse (nurses living outside the United States), Sepsis Coordinator, and Nursing Student.

Qualified applicants are licensed pediatric nurses NOT living in the United States who are dedicated to improving outcomes among pediatric patients with sepsis. The selected awardee will receive a $1,000 grant and a certificate of recognition.

Marvin Zick
Applications and Nominations for the 2019 GSA Awards Close March 31st
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Applications and nominations for the 2019 GSA Awards close on Sunday, March 31st, 2019.

The GSA Awards honor major contributions in the fight against sepsis every year and are exclusively sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation.
They are granted in three categories:

  1. Governments and Healthcare Authorities

  2. Non-Governmental Organizations, Patient Advocate Groups, or Healthcare Provider Groups

  3. Individual Nominees

In addition to glory, prestige, and a beautiful trophy, winners of category 2 and 3 are awarded with $ 2,500 each.

Applying or nominating for the 2019 GSA Awards is even easier this year, with a redesigned application process: completely online, faster, clearer on what documents are needed, and even prettier than before.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 31st, 2019. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends, and other interested parties.

Marvin Zick
Presentations from WSD Supporter Meeting at ISICEM 2019 in Brussels
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This Tuesday, on March 19th, 2019, World Sepsis Day Supporters from all around the globe came together at the 39th ISICEM in Brussels for a World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting.

Konrad Reinhart, Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance and Marvin Zick, GSA’s General Manager, gave presentations on the achievements and strategy for 2019 and 2020, Outcomes of the 2nd WSC and 2018 World Sepsis Day, as well as the 2019 GSA Awards, the updated World Sepsis Day Infographics, and World Sepsis Day Pocket Cards.

Vida Hamilton, Ron Daniels, and Necmettin Unal shared recent achievements from the fight against sepsis – including best practices and strategies to increase awareness in medical professionals and laypeople – from Ireland, England, and Turkey, respectively.

Besides viewing the presentations below, you can also download them as PDFs using this button:

Our next World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting will take place at ESICM in Berlin in September 2019. The exact date and location will be announced on our website in August, as well as send out via WSD News, for which you can sign up here. A form to register as well as details for the next meeting will always be available here.

Outcomes 2nd WSC and WSD 2018 - Marvin Zick

Achievements and Strategy for 2019/2020 - Konrad Reinhart

2019 GSA Awards, Pocket Cards, Infographics - Marvin Zick

Recent Developments in the UK - Ron Daniels

The National Sepsis Plan in Ireland - Vida Hamilton

National Activities in Turkey - Necmettin Unal

Marvin Zick
Results and Presentations from the 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance
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On Monday, March 18th, 2019, we hosted the 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance in Brussels.

Sepsis survivors, policy makers, representatives of the European Commission, researchers, representatives of European healthcare societies, as well as other important stakeholders all gathered in the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union to discuss how to jointly support the European Sepsis Alliance to accelerate the fight against sepsis in Europe. Besides presentations by Konrad Reinhart, Vida Hamilton, and Necmettin Unal, John McCarthy, sepsis survivor and representative of the UK Sepsis Trust and Shahrzad Kiavash, sepsis survivor and double-amputee triathlete, shared their personal stories of their encounter with sepsis and the achievements of the UK Sepsis Trust in the UK, respectively.

In the second part of the event, the panel discussion ‘Why We Need a Call for Action in Europe – the Patient Perspective’ made the voices of patients heard, a crucial and often underestimated component in the fight against sepsis. Our thanks go to Shahrzad Kiavash, Dennis Kredler, John McCarthy, Idelette Nutma, and Arne Trumann for participating in the panel discussion, as well as to Christiane Hartog for moderating it so very thoughtfully.

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The second panel discussion, chaired by MEP José Inácio Faria, explored the need for a comprehensive strategy to tackle infection prevention, sepsis, and antimicrobial resistance.

The 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance was rounded off by two working groups, on research on epidemiology and quality of sepsis care in Europe and advocacy and policy.

On behalf of the European Sepsis Alliance and the Global Sepsis Alliance, we call for a comprehensive One Health Pan-European Infection Management Strategy that:

  • considers the intrinsic links between antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention/control, and sepsis control and care

  • understands the importance of overcoming silos within systems by initiating dialogue between sepsis advocacy groups, sepsis survivors, experts and professional societies and representatives of the European Commission, Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the ECDC, and the WHO together with representatives and advocates of the AMR and IPC agendas

  • promotes awareness of sepsis and the potential of sepsis prevention by increasing vaccination rates and access to clean care, and to clean water, sanitation and hygiene where these are lacking

  • educates laypeople and healthcare workers about early recognition of sepsis

  • fosters the improvement of sepsis diagnosis and management by evidence-based sepsis management, improvement methodologies and systems resource and design

  • supports research and the better application of interoperability to existing national or regional patient-level datasets to better understand the epidemiology and burden of sepsis and AMR

  • and considers that AMR, IPC, and sepsis control and care are collectively a major health threat which must become an integral and cohesive part of any national, regional, and global healthcare strategy

The European Sepsis Alliance was founded under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, at our event “Sepsis - A Call to EU Action” in March 2018 and is part of the GSA strategy to establish 6 regional sepsis alliances spanning the world, implementing the demands of the WHO Resolution on Sepsis, and saving lives.

Marvin Zick
30th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2019) in June in Austria

The 30th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC 2019) will take place from June 18th to 21st in Salzburg, Austria. This is a unique multidisciplinary forum for colleagues from around the world to meet and discuss a variety of topics, generating stimulating debates and fruitful collaborations. Join doctors, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals for this outstanding opportunity to take part in cutting-edge workshops, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.

Marvin Zick
World Sepsis Day Infographics Now Available in French
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The World Sepsis Day Infographics are now available in French.

Please download them and feel free to use them as you see fit, on your social media channels, printed at your events, and everywhere in between.

Like in the English, Spanish, and German versions, there are a total of 21 infographics, nine on sepsis itself, ranging from symptoms, sources, prevention, risk groups, to physiology, post-sepsis symptoms, and more. Additionally, there are two on hand-washing, and ten more pointing out the relationship to other World Health Days, such as World Malaria Day, World AIDS Day, World Immunization Week, and more.

The infographics are available as images (.png), as well as optimized for print (.pdf).

Please support us to make sure the French infographics are used widely - thank you so much.

If you like them, please use them and tell your colleagues and friends about sepsis and World Sepsis Day. If you don’t, or have suggestions for improvements, please let us know.

We will be translating the infographics to more languages over the coming months.

Marvin Zick
Reminder: 2nd Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance and WSD Supporter Meeting in Brussels
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If you are in Brussels for ISICEM 2019 later this month, we’d like to encourage you to attend the 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance as well as the World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting.


2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance

  • Monday, March 18th, 2019 from 15:00 to 19:15h

  • Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union (Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels)

  • Participation is free of charge and open to everyone wanting to accelerate the fight against sepsis in Europe


World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 from 12:30 to 14:15 (lunch break of ISICEM)

  • Square Convention Center, Room 213

  • Participation is free of charge and open to everyone supporting World Sepsis Day


We look forward to seeing you in Brussels in two weeks!

Marvin Zick