Fighting Sepsis in Austere Environments

Area of Research

Bong County

Since 2013, HJF has served as an integrating coordinator for the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO), which is an established consortium consisting of government, non-profit, university and industry partners dedicated to improving survival for patients with sepsis. 

In 2017, HJF used HJFMRI to establish a functional clinical microbiology lab at Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Liberia. It was the first public clinical microbiology lab established in Liberia in 40 years. ACESO is specifically focused on developing solutions to guide clinical decision-making in settings where a modern intensive care unit is not available, including to areas with long medical evacuation chains, medical centers in low- and middle-income countries, and pandemic or other public health emergency settings. 

To accomplish its mission, HJF has supported ACESO in establishing an international network of clinical research sites in countries spanning three continents. The program has enrolled approximately 2,000 subjects in observational studies of patients with suspected sepsis in hospitals located in Cambodia, Ghana, Liberia, and Uganda (in collaboration with Makerere University Walter Reed Project).