2nd African Sepsis Symposium Available to View on MedReach

The 2nd African Sepsis Symposium was held on the 4th of October 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya. The symposium was organized by the African Sepsis Alliance, the Critical Care Society of Kenya, and the African Federation of Critical Care Nurses.

Presenters included international sepsis experts as well as local experts involved in antibiotic stewardship, improving diagnosis, and infection control. There were over 300 participants - predominantly critical care and senior nurses - from over 10 African countries. Participants received training about prevention, recognition, management, and post-discharge care for children and adults in Africa.

The African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS) was also advertised and discussed. ARCS is a newly launched collaborative, led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and funded by the National Institute for Health. It focuses on sepsis research in non-pregnant adults and will involve a short incidence study, development of quality indicators for critical illness and sepsis in Africa, as well as providing opportunities for training in research.

The Centre for International Child Health (part of BC Children’s Hospital) ran a paediatric sepsis collaborative workshop to demonstrate tools used to improve the quality of care in low- and middle-income countries and how data from these tools can be shared to improve the overall burden of sepsis.

MedReach filmed the entire symposium and has made the symposium available to clinicians from low- and middle-income countries free of charge via their online platform.

We would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors who made this event a great success. The symposium poster and program can be downloaded below.

Everybody in Africa deserves to be given a chance to survive sepsis.

Marvin Zick