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In 2018, we began our #starttheGBSconversation campaign to highlight that any initiative, big or small, can make an impact. Some GBS families hosted fundraising events, some made awareness accessories, and some simply talked with someone about GBS. They may have taken different routes, but they all helped spread GBS awareness and took our cause another step further. So we want to keep up the momentum and take it another step! We want to utilize the power we have as a community. Together, we can be the change we want to see surrounding group B!

July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month and we want to encourage the GBS community to come together and AS A GROUP B THE CHANGE! The time to start preparing for July is now! Whether it's a community fundraiser or distributing awareness materials, planning is key to success. Check out our fundraising page to learn how you can get started!
 
To order GBS awareness materials and have them delivered straight to you, please visit our online store
If you prefer to download awareness materials straight to your computer, you can do so HERE.
 Please email info@gbs-intl.org with any questions or special requests. 

We are proud to announce the International Conference on Group B Strep to be held July 23-25, 2019
The call for abstracts is open through May 27, 2019

This conference is all online, no travel necessary! Registration is complimentary. The International Conference on Group B Strep (ICGBS) is a virtual collaboration of health care professionals, researchers, families, and other interested individuals working towards minimizing the burden of GBS disease. Key theme areas are:

  • Pathways of GBS infection 
  • Identifying maternal GBS colonization
  • Prevention strategies
  • Identifying GBS signs & symptoms in babies
  • Pathology testing
  • Inclusion of GBS disease in surveillance data
  • Parent support and empowerment
Learn more
Group B Strep International is a nonprofit organization, depending on the generosity of our supporters. To help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide, we graciously ask that you consider making a donation.
Donate
Like to learn more about prenatal infection prevention and loss support?
Presentations from both of our past online symposiums can still be viewed
for CME credit!
Learn about prenatal infection at the 2019 Prenatal Infection Prevention Symposium 
Learning about prenatal-onset group B strep disease, from the 2018
We are proud to announce that our GBS awareness brochure
 “Help protect your baby from Group B Strep (GBS)"
is now available to be downloaded in Spanish!

​GBS Efforts and News around the World!

Mom questions Salem hospital, calls for awareness after infant's meningitis death
In a matter of days, a Salem mother watched her 7-week-old baby go from happy and alert to gravely sick with GBS meningitis to dying in her arms. She tells her story here in the Statesman Journal, part of the USA Today network.
 
United States Senate committee hearing on vaccines
Mar 5, 2019 – One of the panelists comments on GBS vaccine efforts. For the full video click here or watch the clip here.
 
Causes of stillbirths among women from South Africa:
 a prospective, observational study
"The most common bacteria to which stillbirths due to fetal invasive infections were attributed were group B streptococcus, E coliE faecalis, and S aureus." "Group B streptococcus was conservatively estimated to have caused at least 57,000 stillbirths globally in 2015, which was around two-thirds of deaths from invasive group B streptococcal disease in young infants." SA Madhi et al. The Lancet, Volume 7, Issue 4, PE503-E512, April 01, 2019.
 



GBSI board members, Dr. James A. McGregor and Marti Perhach, will be presenting at the Stillbirth Summit, June 19-21, 2019!
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in February as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month and shared our resources!
To contact us, please email info@gbs-intl.org
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