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Preventing Preterm Birth initiative yields promising research discoveries

The Preventing Preterm Birth initiative (PPB) is part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health, and seeks to discover biological mechanisms that lead to preterm births and develop novel interventions to prevent them. In the five years since its launch, GAPPS has overseen 13 projects funded through the PPB and tremendous strides have been made in preterm birth research.
Nov 17, 2016

New WHO Antenatal Care Recommendations: An important step toward saving lives, says Every Preemie

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new Antenatal Care Recommendations to help improve care of pregnant women and reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. Every Preemie-SCALE supports these guidelines as critical steps to saving lives around the world.
Nov 15, 2016

GAPPS to participate in NIH program researching environmental influences on child development

GAPPS has been selected to contribute to a novel NIH program focused on how environmental factors influence child health and development, called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The GAPPS Repository will utilize its cohort and specimens to help researchers understand healthy pregnancy.
Sep 26, 2016

Statement on Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), is proud to participate in and promote the Lancet Series on Stillbirth that was released today. This series is an opportunity to encourage policymakers, funders, researchers, and caregivers to action—to reduce preventable stillbirths, understand the causes underlying stillbirth, and ensure that every parent who has a stillborn infant receives supportive, compassionate care.
Jan 19, 2016

GAPPS to Develop a Roadmap for Monitoring Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Women

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a strategy for developing systems that monitor and track the safety of maternal immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is expected that the findings and recommendations will be beneficial to developing monitoring systems in higher-resource countries as well.
Dec 22, 2015

Using Big Data to Predict and Prevent Preterm Birth

New research utilizing the emerging field of systems biology aims to harness big data in an effort to reduce the global burden of preterm birth. The projects, each two years in length, are funded through the Preventing Preterm Birth initiative, a Grand Challenge in Global Health administered by GAPPS.
Nov 17, 2015

Preterm Birth Now Leading Global Killer of Young Children

More than 3,000 children die daily from preterm birth complications. For the first time in history, the complications of preterm birth outrank all other causes as the world's number one killer of young children.
Nov 17, 2014

New Scientific Review Reveals Huge Gaps in Understanding Preterm Birth

Preterm birth is now the leading cause of death for children under 5 worldwide, and a new scientific paper reveals a startling lack of knowledge about what causes it and how to prevent it. Published in the November issue of Science Translational Medicine, “Prevention of Preterm Birth: Harnessing Science to Address the Global Epidemic” shines a light on the urgent need for a larger, coordinated research effort to discover how to identify women at risk of preterm birth and develop prevention interventions.
Nov 12, 2014

New Global Initiative Launched to Prevent and Manage Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight Babies

Every year, about 15 million babies are born prematurely and more than one million babies die due to complications of preterm birth. A strategic partnership among PCI (Project Concern International), the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has been formed to support USAID’s global effort to reduce newborn mortality by preventing and managing preterm birth (PTB) and low birth weight (LBW) complications.
Oct 07, 2014

Eve Lackritz, MD, named Deputy Director of GAPPS

Eve Lackritz, MD, has been named Deputy Director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS).
Sep 03, 2014

New Coalition Seeks to Boost Preterm Birth Research

A coalition of leading health institutions is banding together to tackle the high rate of preterm birth and help prevent the health risks associated with it.
Aug 12, 2014

Landmark global action plan outlines strategy to prevent newborn deaths and stillbirths

Investments in quality care at birth could save the lives of 3 million babies and women each year who die needlessly around the world, according to a new global action plan launched today at the Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg. The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) brings together the latest evidence on effective interventions for a clear roadmap to end preventable stillbirths and newborn deaths.
Jun 30, 2014

New International Pregnancy Research Centers Will Advance Understanding of Preterm Birth

Through the Preventing Preterm Birth initiative, GAPPS is funding two international pregnancy research sites so scientists can investigate the high burden of preterm birth and stillbirth in low- and middle-income countries. The research sites will enroll women early in pregnancy and collect information and biological specimens during their pregnancy and delivery.
Mar 05, 2014

Statement in support of new report, Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring every baby survives

Two million newborn babies dying from preventable causes every year is a global crisis. The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), fully supports Save the Children’s new report, Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring every baby survives.
Feb 25, 2014

Burden of Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality in Native Communities Must Be Addressed

As many organizations and individuals around the world honor World Prematurity Day today, we ask that the disproportionate toll of preterm birth and infant mortality in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities be incorporated into plans to research and address these life and death issues.
Nov 17, 2013

Baby Boys at Higher Risk of Death and Disability Due to Preterm Birth

Groundbreaking global studies on preterm birth and disability carried out by almost 50 researchers at 35 institutions and launched in association with World Prematurity Day finds baby boys are at a higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth than baby girls. These disabilities range from learning problems and blindness to deafness and motor problems, including cerebral palsy.
Nov 14, 2013

Leading Health and Philanthropic Organizations Outline Plan to Address Burden of Preterm Birth

Leading researchers and global health organizations today issued a call-to-action to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. This strategic research plan spans the spectrum of discovery, development, and delivery research needed to both accelerate prevention and reduce preterm birth death and disability.
Nov 14, 2013

New Projects Use Novel Techniques to Research Causes and Prevention of Preterm Birth

Two new research projects that aim to discover ways to detect women at risk of preterm birth and develop innovative techniques to prolong their pregnancies have been announced by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). Every year, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. More than 1 million of those babies do not survive infancy, and millions more suffer long-term health effects.
Oct 23, 2013

VCU Partners with GAPPS Repository for Groundbreaking Preterm Birth Research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $7.4 million grant to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University to study pregnancy and preterm birth, utilizing a novel pregnancy biobank – the GAPPS Repository – and other academic institutions for specimens and data.The GAPPS Repository will be collecting specimens and data from 600 mothers and their newborns over a three year period.
Sep 09, 2013

Best-available science will allow just 5% relative reduction in high-income countries’ preterm birth

New research, published in The Lancet ahead of World Prematurity Day on Saturday November 17, has found that if the world’s 39 highest-income countries were to fully implement five interventions to prevent preterm births, including smoking cessation and reducing the number of elective caesareans, around 58 000 premature births could be averted annually, amounting to roughly US$3.0 billion in economic cost savings.
Nov 19, 2012

Dr. Craig Rubens Appointed Chair of ICAAC

Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), marking the first time a pediatric infectious disease specialist has been appointed to the position. ICAAC is the world's premier meeting on infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents, organized by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
Nov 06, 2012

Combating a crisis: Global burden of preterm birth can be reduced if critical actions are taken

New surveys of researchers and funders reveal a lack of consensus regarding researching and developing interventions to prevent prematurity and stillbirth, according to an article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology ahead of World Prematurity Day on November 17.
Nov 05, 2012

Innovative Research Projects Aim to Prevent Preterm Birth

Five innovative research projects aiming to prevent premature birth were announced today by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS).
Oct 15, 2012

Serious and Life-Threatening Pregnancy-Related Infections: Opportunities to Reduce the Global Burden

In low-and-middle income countries, pregnancy-related infections are a major cause of maternal death, can also be fatal to unborn and newborn babies, and are mostly caused by four types of conditions that are treatable and preventable, according to a review by US researchers published in this week’s PLOS Medicine.
Oct 10, 2012

Research and Philanthropy Leaders Focus Agenda on Preterm Birth

Leaders of prominent, international philanthropic and research organizations are convening in Seattle July 14-16 to address the global crisis of preterm birth and develop an action roadmap of research priorities and opportunities.
Jul 13, 2012

New Report Shows 15 Million Babies Born Too Soon Every Year; Calls for Increased Research

The first-ever national, regional, and global estimates of preterm birth reveals that 15 million babies are born too soon every year and 1.1 million of those babies die shortly after birth, making premature birth the second-leading cause of death in children under age 5.
May 02, 2012

New Biorepository Opens in Seattle to Help Uncover Mysteries of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Rare combination of pregnancy specimens and data now available to scientists
Mar 08, 2012

15 Major Global Health Organizations form Frontline Health Workers Coalition

New Coalition is calling on the U.S. government for more strategic investment in frontline health workers in the developing world as the most cost-effective way to save the lives of mothers and children.
Jan 11, 2012

Quest to End Premature Births Worldwide Takes Momentous Step Forward

Gates Foundation grants $20 Million to GAPPS at Seattle Children’s to engage researchers from around the world in groundbreaking research
Nov 05, 2011

2.6 million babies stillborn in 2009, new global and country estimates published in Lancet Series

World Health Organization
Apr 18, 2011

New report points way to reduce preterm births and stillbirths

BioMed Central
Feb 23, 2010

Reducing 13 million preterm births, 3.2 million stillbirths critical to meeting global maternal and

Feb 23, 2010

First-Ever Global Review Examines Measures to Prevent over 3.2 million Stillbirths Globally

May 07, 2009

Global Health Leaders Gather to Address Urgent Crisis of Prematurity and Stillbirth

Apr 21, 2009

Researchers Aim to Prevent Global Prematurity and Stillbirths

Seattle Children's
Feb 18, 2008


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