Researchers at Imperial College London are working on an exciting new project to accelerate group B Strep vaccine development. Led by Dr Kirsty Le Doare, Senior Clinical Lecturer, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project is developing laboratory tests to establish what level of antibodies a baby needs to get from Mum to achieve protection against GBS infection. Dr Le Doare is working closely with both the World Health Organisation and the three pharmaceutical companies currently developing a group B Strep vaccine – GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Minervax, who will then be able to use this test to establish their vaccine’s effectiveness. The aim of a group B Strep vaccine is to enable [...]
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but there's still much to be done. Here are some Quick facts about group B Strep: Group B Strep is a common bacterium, carried normally by around 25% of men and women, usually without causing them any harm or symptoms. Group B Strep can more rarely cause infection, most commonly in newborn babies. It’s the number one cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia. In the UK, the number and rate of group B Strep infections in babies is rising. Yet most of these infections in newborn babies can be prevented when women and their health team know Mum carries the bacteria during pregnancy. Since 1996, charity Group B Strep Support has led [...]
Group B Strep Support is the only UK charity dedicated to eradicating group B Strep (GBS) infections, including meningitis, in babies. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information on GBS to families and health professionals, and support affected families. We are seeking better to understand the long-term consequences of early-onset group B Strep infection (occurring at age 0-6 days), both for the infected baby and the family, and are inviting parents of babies who developed early-onset GBS infection to take part in a survey. We will use the findings to inform our work to influence UK policy and practice, to prevent early-onset GBS infection. If you have had a baby who developed early-onset group B Strep infection, we invite you [...]
Administration Assistant - Haywards Heath School hours to full time, £8-£9 per hour according to age & experience. Do you enjoy administration and social media? We’re looking for someone with excellent admin skills, a great telephone manner and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently in our small, busy office. You’ll be the first in line for enquiries coming in to the office by phone and online – you’ll answer the straightforward questions, referring the more complex or specific to others (training will of course be given). You’ll answer the phone, send out information and respond to our busy social media channels (primarily facebook and twitter). You’ll undertake a wide range of administrative [...]
Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. And the number of these infections are rising. Currently: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week recovers from group B Strep infection with disability Shockingly, between 2000 and 2014 there has been an increase of more than 50% in babies developing group B Strep infection in the UK and Republic of Ireland. And, while fewer babies have died from their group B Strep infection, more survivors have disability at discharge[i]. July is [...]
Two home-testing packs are being given away to two lucky winners every day throughout July's Group B Strep Awareness Month. Our thanks to Strepelle and The Doctors Laboratory for providing these tests free of charge to raise awareness of group B Strep during the month. For more information about testing for group B Strep carriage, click this link. Terms & Conditions: One Strepelle test kit will be given away for each day’s prize draw between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2017. One The Doctors Laboratory test kit will be given away for each day’s prize draw between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2017 Entry for each day’s prize draw will close at 11.59pm BST each [...]
Research published today shows that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015. A current Government ambition is to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. These findings indicate that things are moving in the right direction. The MBRRACE-UK report focuses on rates of stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK for babies born at 24 weeks of gestation or more. The report found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births, a fall from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. Despite this reduction. UK stillbirth rates remain high compared with many similar European countries and there remains significant variation [...]
Reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth at term – most tragedies could have been prevented with the right care, audit finds
A report published today found that 1,136 babies out of over 720,000 born at term during 2015 died during labour or within the first 7 days, or suffered severe brain injury. Reviewers concluded that three quarters of these babies might have had a different outcome with different care. The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists' national quality improvement programme, Each Baby Counts, was set up in October 2014 to reduce by 50% the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of preventable incidents occurring during term labour (after 37 weeks) by 2020. A detailed analysis of all stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred during childbirth in 2015 has identified key clinical actions [...]
We at Group B Strep Support are delighted to announce our partnership with The Global Sepsis Alliance, and we will work together to reduce sepsis worldwide. The Global Sepsis Alliance aims to raise awareness of sepsis worldwide and reduce sepsis deaths by 20% by 2020. Excitingly, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization have joined forces to bring you the free online congress ‘WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’ on September 12th, 2017. To find out more and to register for free, please visit www.wscspotlight.org. We are so pleased to join forces with other organisations in the worldwide fight against sepsis. Read more about The Global Sepsis Alliance here. "The Global Sepsis Alliance is pleased to [...]
The World Health Assembly* has today made sepsis a global health priority by adopting a resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis. This marks a huge step forward in the global fight against sepsis. Adopting sepsis as a global health priority should ensure better training for the relevant health professionals, greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis to be especially alert for and better adoption of the most effective strategies for preventing and treating sepsis. You can read the full resolution here. *The World Health Assembly is the world's highest health policy setting body, composed of health ministers from member states, and is the forum through which the World Health Organization (WHO) is governed by its 194 member [...]