Every patient in Africa has a right to survive sepsis. Sign the Kampala Declaration

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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. It can lead to multiple organ failure and is the most common cause of death in patients with infection.

There are an estimated 30 million cases of sepsis and 6 million deaths every year. Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide. The majority of these cases and deaths occur in Africa – at least 2 million deaths. In addition since sepsis affects younger people in Africa, it is associated with a disproportionate number of years of life lost. The improvements in sepsis care that have been made in high income countries also need to occur in Africa.

The African Sepsis Alliance would like to reduce the impact of sepsis (mortality and suffering) by bringing about large scale improvements in sepsis awareness, education, care, research and funding in Africa – together we can save millions of lives every year. 

The Kampala Declaration to improve care for sepsis and severely ill patients in Africa was produced by the African Sepsis Alliance, African Federation of Critical Care Nurses, Global Sepsis Alliance and World Federation of Critical Care Nurses on the 20th of October 2017 in Kampala.

We urge you to commit your organization or yourself to the enclosed pledge and, in so doing, join the body of enlightened people and organizations from Africa and around the globe dedicated to reducing the health, economic and human burden of sepsis. Please sign the Kampala Declaration and contribute to saving millions of lives every year.

Read and download the full Kampala Declaration here.