A new mother receives breastfeeding support during a postnatal check up in Gowainghat Upazila, Sylhet, Bangladesh as part of the MaMoni Project. Photo: Save the Children
Saturday, September 13th is World Sepsis Day. Pneumonia, sepsis, meningitis, tetanus and diarrhea account for 794,000 (28 percent of) newborn deaths each year. Globally, sepsis also kills 100,000 new mothers each year.
Depsite these grim statistics there have been several promising research studies like the COMBINE study in Ethiopia and the chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care country program in Nepal that are showing signs of combatting newborn sepsis.
From the training perspective, the Global Health Media Project, a partner organization with HNN, produced a video on how health workers can recognize and treat newborn sepsis. Efforts like this can be a boon to health workers who are not able to get easily receive refresher training on how to indentify, treat and refer cases of sepsis.
This World Sepsis Day raise your voice to let you friends, family and colleagues know about just how widespread the problem of sepsis is.