Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns. Additionally, each year a staggering 2.6 million infants die just minutes or hours before birth — and in many cases of stillbirth, the loss is compounded when the mother also dies.
GAPPS is leading a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes around the world.
Preterm birth and stillbirth are complex local and global health problems that require an interdisciplinary research approach and an international commitment. At the 2009 International Conference on Prematurity and Stillbirth, GAPPS convened key stakeholders to make recommendations for a Global Action Agenda (GAA) on Preterm and Stillbirth to define and address these needs. The primary goal of this agenda is to find creative solutions to promote initiatives that will improve maternal, fetal, newborn and child health.
These key initiatives emerged from the Global Action Agenda
• Understand the magnitude and impact of preterm birth and stillbirth
• Build research capacity in low- and middle-income countries
• Catalyze diagnostic, treatment and prevention innovations through discovery science
• Develop and deliver cost-effective interventions
• Increase visibility and awareness of preterm birth and stillbirth
• Unlock the resources necessary to reduce preterm birth and stillbirth