GAPPS Press Releases

Preventing Preterm Birth initiative yields promising research discoveries

Nov 17, 2016

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.

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

Nov 15, 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.

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

Sep 26, 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.

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Statement on Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series

Jan 19, 2016

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.

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

Dec 22, 2015

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.

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Using Big Data to Predict and Prevent Preterm Birth

Nov 17, 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

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