Grand Challenges in Global Health, in partnership with the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), recently sought letters of inquiry for the grant program Preventing Preterm Birth.
Grants were awarded in October 2012. Read more about these projects by clicking here.
Preventing Preterm Birth will be administered by GAPPS, an initiative of Seattle Children’s. Please visit the GAPPS website for more information.
The Preventing Preterm Birth initiative seeks to generate new discoveries for more rapid development of equitable, relevant, and innovative interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth. More newborns die from preterm birth than from any other cause. Those newborns that survive often suffer disproportionately from other diseases and in this way, preventing preterm birth is part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring a healthy start to life.
By filling the void of scientific knowledge on the causes and mechanisms important to preterm birth in the developing world, this initiative could:
- Lead to low-cost novel technologies to reduce the global burden of prematurity;
- Attract scientists to engage in this underserved global health field;
- Increase investments from other global health research and development funders.