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Defeating meningitis by 2030 – a global roadmap

In February 2019, our Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE joined other experts from around the world for a meeting at Wilton Park. The three-day event, led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Meningitis Research Foundation, was designed to set out what needs to happen to develop a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030. You can read the full programme for the meeting here. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis in children under 5, so the development of a safe and effective group B Strep vaccine will be vital to help achieve WHO's goal of defeating meningitis by 2030. Following the meeting, Jane said: "I was very pleased to take part in the [...]

By |2019-03-11T13:19:32+00:00March 11th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Digital Content Officer

We are looking for a Digital Content Officer to join our small team based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Our digital presence is crucial to achieving our mission to stop group B Strep infection in babies, as well as providing detailed information to support our online community. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who will lead on developing and implementing our digital strategy. You will have proven experience in planning, creating and delivering content across multiple platforms as well as the ability to work as an integral part of a small and busy team. You will be flexible and adaptable, with an extensive knowledge of digital media and emerging trends. You will have excellent communication skills with previous [...]

By |2019-03-05T15:31:10+00:00March 5th, 2019|Latest News, Work for us|0 Comments

Test in development for sepsis

A new test has been developed to detect sepsis earlier by researchers at Strathclyde University. Currently, tests for sepsis usually takes at least 12 and up to 72 hours, whereas the new test could take as little as less than 3 minutes. It is hoped the new test could be available on the NHS in 3-5 years. You can read the Sky News report here, and the medical paper here. “Detecting sepsis so much earlier is vital - early detection means early treatment with appropriate medicine. And that will save lives. This is real progress and we look forward to learning more."

By |2019-02-20T18:59:02+00:00February 19th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

New Group B Strep (GBS) Online Course available

Group B Strep Support and Microbirth School are delighted to launch our new online course to help midwives and doctors better understand and prevent group B Strep infection in babies. Group B Strep is a common bacterium carried by many adults in the gut and in women in the vagina, usually causing no harm. However, it the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies during their first 3 months of life. Group B Strep causes sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. If left untreated, the infection can kill a newborn baby in hours. On average in the UK: two babies each day develop a group B Strep infection one baby each week dies from [...]

By |2019-02-20T18:40:30+00:00February 5th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas talks to ITV This Morning about his newborn son’s group B Strep infection

Olympic Sprinter Iwan Thomas was on the ITV This Morning sofa on Tuesday to talk about the terrifying ordeal he and his family went through after his newborn son Teddy developed a group B Strep infection. Iwan shared that before Teddy was diagnosed with group B Strep infection, he'd never heard of it, and shared his frustration that families weren't being routinely informed about group B Strep. Group B Strep Support Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE said: “It was so brave of Iwan to share his and little Teddy’s story about his fight against group B Strep infection. The awareness they, Dr Chris Steele and all of ITV’s This Morning team can quite literally be life-saving. It's [...]

By |2019-01-29T19:56:27+00:00January 29th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

New funding towards developing a group B Strep vaccine

Today MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, announced that is has been awarded an investment of 3.6 mEUR from the Novo Holdings REPAIR Impact Fund for development of therapies to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An additional investment of 0.8 mEUR was obtained from SunStone Capital. The funding will be used to help finalise Phase I development of the company’s protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. Jane Plumb MBE, Group B Strep Support's Chief Executive, said: "We welcome the news that MinervaX’s Phase 1 program of their group B Strep vaccine will be finalised thanks to funding from the REPAIR Impact Fund. Group B Strep is the most common cause of [...]

By |2019-01-21T16:45:37+00:00January 21st, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

NHS Long Term Plan

Group B Strep Support welcomes the Government’s publication of a Long Term Plan for the NHS, and the increased funding of £20.6bn by 2023/4. The Government aims to achieve 50% reductions in stillbirth, maternal mortality, neonatal mortality and serious brain injury by 2025, including the rolling out of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle throughout England in 2019 and an increased focus on preventing preterm birth. We encourage this ambition, and believe it is crucial that group B Strep prevention is improved as part of meeting this target. We welcome the working with midwives, mothers and their families to implement continuity of carer so that, by March 2021, most women receive continuity of the person caring for them during [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:00:31+00:00January 7th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Looking back on 2018, and forward to 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who has supported and helped the charity throughout the year, whether that's through raising awareness of group B Strep, raising funds for us, or working with us to campaign for change. In whatever way you've been involved with the charity, our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your support. It's been an incredible action-packed year and we think it's really important to take a moment and reflect on some of the achievements you've made happen, as well as outline our plans for 2019. Highlights of 2018 January: We took delivery 130,000 copies of the leaflet on group B Strep written for expectant parents that [...]

By |2018-12-24T11:16:25+00:00December 24th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

The cost of group B Strep infection

Group B Strep Support has today published our report on clinical negligence relating to group B Strep, entitled The cost of group B Strep infection. Our report found that GBS clinical negligence represents a significant burden to families and their babies, emotionally and financially. This negligence also has a significant financial burden to the NHS, both through successful clinical negligence cases and through ongoing care for many of the babies who survive. The report looked at 32 cases of potential or admitted clinical negligence where a GBS infection was suspected or confirmed covering a period 2006 to 2018, and was based on a survey of six of Group B Strep Support's expert Legal Panel members. We are grateful to our [...]

By |2018-12-07T11:50:28+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Group B Strep Support responds to Each Baby Counts 2018 Progress Report

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) today released their Each Baby Counts 2018 progress report, which is intended to improve maternity care and reduce potentially avoidable deaths and serious harm to babies during birth and in their first seven days. The report found that different care might have led to a different outcome in almost three quarters of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries included in the review. Worryingly, in almost half (45%) of the affected babies, guidelines and best practice were not followed. Reasons for this included gaps in training, lack of recognition of problems, and local guidelines not being based on best available evidence. There has been an increase in parents invited to be [...]

By |2018-11-13T13:57:26+00:00November 13th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments