Project Description

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, an initiative of Seattle Children’s (GAPPS), collaborates with leading global stakeholders to accelerate progress in maternal, newborn and child health. Worldwide, about 15 million infants are born preterm each year and nearly 3 million are stillborn. Improved care through labor, delivery and the postpartum period can reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, and discovery research will lead us to understand the causes and mechanisms of preterm birth and stillbirth that can be translated into ways to prevent them.

In addition to Every Preemie, key GAPPS initiatives include:

Preventing Preterm Birth initiative (PPB): This Grand Challenge in Global Health is administered by GAPPS to advance understanding of the mechanisms leading to preterm birth, effectively identify women at risk and develop novel targets for prevention throughout the world, with a focus on low-resource, high-burden settings.

GAPPS Repository: This biobank of specimens linked with data from pregnant women and newborns provides a vital resource for researchers aiming to understand and prevent preterm birth and stillbirth. The GAPPS Repository is also accessible to researchers studying related maternal, newborn and child health issues.

Global Coalition to Advance Preterm birth Research (GCAPR): This coalition was founded by GAPPS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the March of Dimes Foundation. Its mission is to identify and advance priority research through expanded networks, communications and collaborations among organizations to fund the research needed to reduce preterm birth. GAPPS serves as the secretariat.