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On 4 Oct 2018, the MORU Malaria Dept, in collaboration with the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), hosted the inaugural meeting of a proposed Asian Sepsis Alliance in Bangkok.

The meeting drew intensive care and infectious disease physicians from 9 Asian-Pacific countries (Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Australia). GSA heads Profs Konrad Reinhart, Simon Finfer and Flavia Machado also attended, as did Direk Limmathurotsakul, Prof Abul Faiz, Rashan Haniffa, Abi Beane and Arjen Dondorp from MORU.

An Asian branch of the GSA was founded at the meeting and an initial steering group was constituted. The group will advocate for better recognition and treatment of sepsis, an often underestimated frequent cause of death, and help coordinate obtaining regional epidemiological data on sepsis.