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
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 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
The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, 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
The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, 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
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
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
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
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, has been named Deputy Director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s.
Sep 03, 2014
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
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
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
Two million newborn babies dying from preventable causes every year is a global crisis. The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, fully supports Save the Children’s new report, Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring every baby survives.
Feb 25, 2014
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
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 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
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), an initiative of Seattle Children’s. 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
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
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
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
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
Five innovative research projects aiming to prevent premature birth were announced today by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s.
Oct 15, 2012
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
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
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
Rare combination of pregnancy specimens and data now available to scientists
Mar 08, 2012
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
Gates Foundation grants $20 Million to GAPPS at Seattle Children’s to engage researchers from around the world in groundbreaking research
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