September 13 - World Sepsis Day
Thank you all for participating in World Sepsis Day - uploads for the 2019 WSD Event Poster are now closed, and we expect to finish the poster by November. When finished, it will be announced via a news article as well as via social media, and you will be able to order printed copies.
Below, we have collected some ideas, inspiration, and resources for you to host the perfect World Sepsis Day event on September 13th.
Lots of materials for your event is available in our toolkit section - including our new sepsis awareness clips, infographics, pocket cards, posters, wallpapers, banners, stickers, folders, the WSD flyer, presentation templates, pink picnic material, and more.
Online Events / Social Media
Share one (or more) WSD Infographic on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page or story, or put up a post mentioning @WorldSepsisDay
Share our new Sepsis Awareness Clips on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, on your website, or wherever else you’d like. They can also be used at physical events
Tweet about or at World Sepsis Day, using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay, #StopSepsis, or #SaveLives
Add a WSD Frame to your profile picture on Facebook - go to your Facebook profile, click on your profile picture, click on add frame, and search for World Sepsis Day
Add a pink banner or a button to your website or set up a landing page informing your visitors about WSD
Participate in the photo challenge - see below
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
Share the link to our toolkit section (www.worldsepsisday.org/toolkits) with your colleagues or friends, encouraging them to join the online campaign
Sign the World Sepsis Declaration
The easiest way to show your support for World Sepsis Day is to sign the World Sepsis Declaration - think of it like a petition against sepsis. So far, more than 9,300 entities (hospitals, healthcare workers, non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals) have signed the declaration.
Events for Medical Professionals
Set up sepsis awareness stalls with sepsis quizzes and sepsis information in the entrance area of your institution/hospital
Offer special educational sepsis trainings for staff around World Sepsis Day
Share our new Sepsis Awareness Clips on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, on your website, or wherever else you’d like. They can also be used at physical events.
Participate in the photo challenge - see below
Organize conferences, symposia, round-table discussions, etc.
Host a pink picnic - see below
Change the wallpaper of the computers within your institution to one of our WSD Wallpapers (available in the toolkit section)
WSD Photo Challenge
Take a picture of yourself or your team with one of our WSD promotional boards (available in our toolkit section)
Share the picture with the world on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay, or tweet the picture at us directly - @WorldSepsisDay
We will highlight the best pictures on our website after World Sepsis Day
Hand out WSD material (such as WSD Infographics, Pocket Cards, the WSD Flyer, or information leaflets) in busy public spaces like town squares, markets, railway or bus stations, and more
Set up small sepsis information stalls, use banners or balloons, give out (pink) candy or small giveaways
Encourage people to participate in the photo challenge - see above
Plan sport events - they 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 5k or team run, a Zumba event, or another sport activity - the possibilities are endless. Hand out information leaflets along the way. Use pink bibs or t-shirts to attract attention, and plan the route so lots of people see you, for example 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.
Organize a gala event or a special dinner - WSD 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.
Set up a pink picnic. Pink Picnics are social events where pink is used to signify the relation to World Sepsis Day. You can include pink salads or cupcakes, BBQ’s, treats, beverages, plates, other table decor...and whatever you can think of! Use pink balloons for decoration. Both pink picnic as well as event material is available in our toolkit section.
In Your Company / Institution
Color your cafeteria/canteen pink, by using infographics, stickers, pocket cards, balloons, flyers, and whatever else you can think of
Bake for your colleagues – why not raise awareness for sepsis among your colleagues by making muffins with pink frosting, or a pink cake? They will certainly talk about you and World Sepsis Day…make sure to also share leaflets, infographics, stickers, and other goodies with them as well
Share our new Sepsis Awareness Clips with your colleagues or upload them to your organizations social media accounts
Change the wallpaper of the computers within your institution to one of our WSD Wallpapers (available in our toolkit section)
Encourage your colleagues to participate in the photo challenge - see above
Bonus Tip: Illuminate a Building
I mean, why not? One hell of a way to raise awareness…
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. Informing your local media about your event as early as possible increases the likelihood of them covering your event dramatically. In any case, make sure to take lots of pictures. We will supply a template for a press release in August 2019.
World Sepsis Day Event Poster
Like in the past years, the World Sepsis Day Head Office will collect pictures from your events and create the World Sepsis Day Event Poster 2019, so please make sure to take great and high-resolution pictures of your activities and submit them to us via our website after WSD.
Why Is World Sepsis Day Important?
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.
Why Should You Participate in World Sepsis Day
World Sepsis Day is the favorable moment to increase public awareness for this poorly acknowledged healthcare disaster, but also to show support and solidarity with the millions of people who lost their loved ones, or, as sepsis survivors, suffer from the 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!
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