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PHO Microbiology Rounds: Neonatal Sepsis in Low-Resource Settings

Neonatal sepsis, which refers to an infection involving the bloodstream in newborn infants less than 28 days old, is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among infants. Researchers conducted a prospective cohort study of hospitalized neonates in Botswana to assess the epidemiology and microbiology of sepsis in hospitalized neonates in a low-and-middle-income country (LMIC). Their analyses included assessing environmental and human carriage of pathogenic organisms as well as use of genetic epidemiology to assess outbreaks. This presentation will discuss the impact of neonatal sepsis, the microbiology of these infections, and prevention strategies in LMIC settings.

Intended audience: Public health physicians and nurses, public health unit staff working in infection prevention and control (IPAC), laboratory staff, clinical and medical microbiologists, infectious disease physicians.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of neonatal sepsis in LMIC
  • Recognize the unique microbiology of neonatal sepsis in LMIC
  • Review prevention strategies for neonatal sepsis in LMIC

Presenter(s): Dr. Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

Dr. Coffin is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist who works at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has served as a healthcare epidemiologist for several decades and her research is focused on infection prevention and control, and neonatal sepsis in low and middle income countries.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 18 Oct 2023