Paediatric Sepsis Data CoLabs

Theme:   Improving Paediatric Sepsis Outcomes


October 04 , 2018
Diani Reef Hotel, Ukunda, Kenya
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The vast majority of the approximately 6 million children who die every year live in under-resourced countries. Pediatric sepsis contributes to a significant proportion of these deaths and is triggered by infection. It is preventable and treatable, and is a clear transnational health threat. Currently, there is lack of high quality evidence to support the existing guidelines and recommendations as data collection in under-resourced countries is challenging. The burden of mortality due to sepsis in low and middle income countries (LMICS) highlights the inequalities in health and healthcare that exist within and among countries  globally. Thus, the network's main aim is to develop and validate tools for data collection, and data sharing, enabling quality improvement of care in secondary healthcare facilities, initially in Africa, and ultimately, across the world.


Rationale for Meeting

The Pediatric Sepsis Data CoLaboratory (Sepsis CoLab)  and this workshop represents the culimination of more than 10 years of dedicated research to identify and validate predictors of poor outcomes in children with sepsis. This work has led to advocating for better awareness, training, and clinical management guidelines. Through efforts of our colleagues, sepsis has been recently recognized as a priority issue through the adoption of a World Health Assembly resolution by the  World Health Organization (WHO) in May, 2017. There is momentum and interest to do more.

The vision for the Sepsis CoLab arose out of the recognition that despite important milestones recently achieved in the fight against sepsis, lack of routinely collected data is hampering progress. The Sepsis CoLab brings together active local experts in LMICS, as well as international collaborators.

This workshop will bring together key pediatric sepsis and eHealth stakeholders from the health research, healthcare and health policy sectors (including academia, NGOs and government). This meeting builds on a previous workshop held in February 2017, where pediatric researchers and implementers came together in South Africa to discuss technology for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH Tech). Collaborators identified three health challenges deemed to be major barriers to achieving the targets for sustainable development goals:

  • Population Level Measurement
  • Community and facility level diagnosis and management
  • Quality of facility care

Five priority areas for improving MNCH using technology was selected as part of the resolution to meeting those challenges. We have selected two of these priorities to address through the Sepsis CoLab:

  • Identification of the critically ill child- developing a platform to improve diagnosis of acute infection and severe illness in children
  • Patient identification- developing a platform for identifying and tracking women and children through the care process, supporting "smart" triage, discharge and referral.

The primary goal of this meeting will be to identify research priorities and research sites based on the two previously identified priority areas and development of multi-site, international proposal.


Workshop Objectives

  • To discuss and agree on the governance structure, membership and mandate around both the data and the Sepsis CoLab
  • To contribute to developing research priorities for the Sepsis CoLab
  • To identify funding opportunities to sustain the Sepsis CoLab and research in the priority areas


Anticipated Outcomes of The Sepsis CoLab

  • An environmental scan of the literature and preliminary synthesis of data variables collected for facility improvement (facility survey and triage predictors) to be shared prior to the workshop
  • The identification and development of an action plan for at least one multi-site eHealth proposal, including a definition of scope, collaborators and responsibilities
  • The election of leaders and assignment of tasks to move the CoLab's activities forward
  • Selection and consensus on a list of research priorities for  the Sepsis CoLab
  • The publication in an open access journal of the workshop's outcomes, and the launch of the Sepsis CoLab via a web presence
October 04
Time Activity
14:00 - 14:30 Focusing on the fight against Pediatric Sepsis
14:30 - 15:30 Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sepsis: Next Steps
15:30 - 15:50 Tea/Coffee
15:50 - 16:30 What are your Priorities in your Context for Paediatric Sepsis?
16:30 - 17:00 Building on the Strengths of Collaboration