september 13 - World Sepsis Day 

Although World Sepsis Day 2018 is behind us, the global fight against sepsis continues!
Last years WSD was the biggest yet, with countless events in all parts of the world.
There were events for medical professionals, sport activities, photo exhibitions, pink picnics, gala events, dinners, public events such as open houses in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and of course online events such as the '2nd World Sepsis Congress', and campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, Peach, Vine2 (if ever released), and many more social networks.

The 2018 WSD Event Poster is now available.



Public Streaming of the 1st World Sepsis Congress

Public Streaming of the 1st World Sepsis Congress

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  • Sport events are a great opportunity for people to watch or participate, even spontaneously. Organize a sport event like a city marathon, a bicycle tour, a volleyball tournament, a sepsis team run, a zumba event, or another sport activity - possibilities are endless. Hand out information leaflets along the way. Make sure lots of people see you, for example by planning the route through a town square, or similar.

  • Organize a family afternoon, together with sepsis survivors, if possible. Set up stalls and decorate the area to attract people. Think about having some music or performers and something fun for the kids like face-painting or sepsis-related handicraft work.

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  • Organize a sepsis photo exhibition, collecting photographs of activities in the fight against sepsis, for example academic, cultural or governmental events or sepsis patient stories. You can take inspiration from the one from our friend and supporter Luis Gorordo Delsol from the Juarez Hospital in Mexico for World Sepsis Day 2017.

  • Set up a pink picnic. Pink Picnics are social events where pink is used to signify relation to World Sepsis Day. This can include pink salads or cupcakes, BBQ treats, beverages, plates, other table decor...and whatever you can think of! Use pink balloons for decoration. See our toolkits for both event and pink picnic material.

  • Organize a Gala Event or a special dinner - this is a glamorous opportunity to raise awareness for sepsis in your network, including for fundraising. For example, check out the Sepsis Heroes Gala Event by the Sepsis Alliance.


IN YOUR COMPANY / Institution

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Show Your Support on Your Website, Social Media Presence, or Email signature:

  • Embed the "What Is Sepsis? - sepsis explained in 3 minutes" - video on your website and/or share it on social media (English /// Spanish /// Portuguese /// French /// Italian /// Turkish /// German)

  • Share the new WSD Infographics on social media, on your website, or send them directly to colleagues

  • Tweet about or at World Sepsis Day, using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay

  • Share a WSD infographic on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page or story, or put up a post mentioning @WorldSepsisDay

  • Temporarily add a pink banner or a button to your website, or set up a microsite informing your visitors about WSD

  • Temporarily add ‘September 13 is World Sepsis Day – Stop Sepsis, Save Lives’ to your email signature

  • Organize a Twitter chat, a webinar, a Reddit AMA, a Facebook Live, or a Periscope



Please go to the toolkit section - you will find everything you are looking for, and more. If there is something missing, or you have ideas for additional material, please get in touch.

Please visit our shop for ordering WSD articles for your special World Sepsis Day event.



Use your network and the network of your colleagues, friends, members or supporters to see if there is a chance to have your event covered professionally. In any case, inform your local media about your event as early as possible, as this increases the likelihood dramatically.



Like in the past five years, the World Sepsis Day Head Office will collect pictures from your events and create the World Sepsis Day Event Poster 2018, so please make sure to take great and high-resolution pictures of your activities.



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 healthcare authorities, healthcare providers, and healthcare 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.


We wish you good luck in preparing your World Sepsis Day event and thank you for your valuable contribution in the fight against sepsis!

If you couldn't find what you were looking for, please get in touch