Andrew Argent has worked in critical care in Cape Town for the last 25 years.  He directs the largest paediatric intensive care unit in Africa, and is a past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care societies.  He has a particular interest in the provision of care to critically ill children in countries across the world, and has been involved in the development and implementation of training programmes for healthcare workers in pediatric critical care.  He has also been involved in the development of appropriate responses to severe sepsis in children, particularly in the poorer countries of the world.