Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Explore simplified antimicrobial regimens for the treatment of neonatal sepsis

Meeting report, Geneva, 30th September – 1st October 2002

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 13
Publication date: 2003
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/04.1



In 2002 WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) conducted an informal consultative meeting to explore simplified antimicrobial regimens for the treatment of neonatal sepsis. This meeting brought together a group of international experts working on neonatal issues. The meeting participants represented various countries, academic institutions, international non-governmental organizations and various WHO departments.

During the meeting the participants:

  • reviewed the results from a literature review and a meta-analysis on strategies for management of neonatal bacterial infections in developing countries
  • identified effective therapeutic regimens that are practical for implementation at community or first level health facility for the management of neonatal sepsis in developing countries
  • identified priority research areas of the work in this field.

The consultation ended with a recommendation to test clinical efficacy and effectiveness of the identified antibiotic regimens for use at the community and first level facility management of neonatal sepsis.

For further information, please contact Dr Shamim Qazi, (Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development) at