GAPPS leads a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.
Globally, more newborns die each year from prematurity than from any other cause. Additionally, a staggering one million stillbirths happen just minutes or hours before birth every year—many of these losses are linked to maternal deaths.
GAPPS partners with global experts in science, public health and policy to achieve these core goals: advance research to understand causes and consequences; accelerate development and delivery of cost-effective interventions; and raise awareness about these neglected issues. GAPPS is also building a repository of data and specimens from pregnant women, such as blood and tissues, which will serve as a significant resource in advancing global health innovations.
Nearly 200 global stakeholders have outlined what needs to be done in a 2015 Global Action Agenda on Preterm Birth and Stillbirth (GAA). Key goals of the 2015 GAA:
• Reduce the13M preterm births and 3M stillbirths that occur each year around the world
• Improve survival for babies born too soon
• Accelerate progress on Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal and child health.