Goal to Reduce Stillbirth by 50%
GAPPS provided funding for The Lancet medical journal’s ground-breaking stillbirth series published in April 2011. Presenting current global statistics on stillbirth, the series is raising awareness about the problem, attracting new researchers and funders to address this global crisis.
The series reports that while 98% of stillbirths occur in low- and middle-income countries, stillbirths affect everyone; in high-income countries approximately 1 in every 200 babies are stillborn. The articles address stillbirth rates and causes in all countries, and outline key actions by 2020 to reduce by 50% this devastating problem.
GAPPS Executive Director Dr. Craig Rubens co-authored the series paper entitled, Stillbirths: The Vision for 2020, a call to action for high-income countries to eliminate preventable stillbirths and for developing countries to reduce their stillbirth burden by at least half.
“Increased funding for research and development is critical to understanding the mechanisms, causes and burden of stillbirth if we are going to make a dent in this problem,” Rubens said. “It’s the most productive way to reach our goals.”
Rubens believes the series is playing an important role in worldwide advocacy efforts, raising awareness about the severity of the problem.
“This is the first major series that I think is actually elevating the issue of stillbirth around the globe and will hopefully engage key stakeholders to address what needs to be done and how to get it funded,” he said.
Authored by an international team, The Lancet series was orchestrated under the leadership of a GAPPS collaborative investigator, Dr. Joy Lawn, Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, Cape Town, South Africa; and Dr. Vicki Flenady, Mater Medical Research Institute and University of Queensland, Australia.
To read the articles, follow the links below:
The Lancet Series Paper 1: Stillbirths: Why They Matter
The Lancet Series Paper 2: Stillbirths: Where, When, Why?
The Lancet Series Paper 3, Stillbirths: What Can We Do at What Cost?
The Lancet Series Paper 4, Stillbirths: How Can Health Systems Deliver?
The Lancet Series Paper 5, Stillbirths: High-Income Countries
The Lancet Series Paper 6, Stillbirths: The Vision for 2020