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Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies
before birth through early infancy


– June 2020 –
Get ready for July as International GBS Awareness Month...
this year's theme is 2020 Foresight​!

While hindsight is 2020, imagine the difference that could be made if foresight was 2020, as well. Awareness is the key to making that happen.
ICGBS 2020

The International Conference on Group B Strep (ICGBS) 2020 will be held online July 20-22, 2020 with Dr. Carol J. Baker as our keynote presenter!

We welcome you to join us in this online collaboration of healthcare professionals, laboratorians, researchers, families, policy makers, and other interested individuals working to increase awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies worldwide. Registration is complimentary!

Presentations will include:
  • Group B Streptococcus in babies, adults and animals: is there a link? – Professor Ruth Zadoks
  • Investigation of perinatal death from a Pathologist's perspective: clinical considerations and interaction with parents – Dr. Marta Cohen
  • How to Diagnose the Cause of Pregnancy Loss Using Placental Examination - Dr. Harvey J. Kliman
  • Why stigma should not be forgotten in stillbirth prevention and awareness. – Dr. Danielle Pollock
  • Differential local and systemic immune responses between animals that clear a vaginal Group B Streptococcus infection compared to those that remain colonized. – Dr. Alison Carey
Please share your expertise on group B strep or a relevant topic. Our Call for Abstracts is now open through June 15. 

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor for helping to make this event possible!
 

                                       
July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month

This year is the 20th year of July as International Group B Strep Awareness Month being observed. It was created to bring awareness of group B strep to the general public. Since then it has been a focal opportunity for organizations and individuals around the world to tell their stories, share information, and promote healthy outcomes for babies worldwide.

Check out our 2020 Toolkit for GBS Awareness and share so others can be aware!
The WAVES Study

We're getting ready to launch the WAVES (Ways to Avoid Various Elements of Susceptibility) Perinatal Group B Strep Disease Study, a comprehensive survey for mothers worldwide to help identify the current gaps in GBS awareness and prevention.

Stay tuned!
Fundraise from your home to support GBS awareness!!

Next month is GBS Awareness Month! If you are home during this time and are looking for ways to help others, consider fundraising for GBSI from your home! 
  1. Sponsor your steps: Ask family and friends to sponsor your steps, whether it's a penny per step or $100 for reaching 50,000 steps - it adds up! It's a perfect way to keep you active during the pandemic while also helping out a great cause.
  2. Trivia Night: Invite your friends to join you on Zoom or another video platform and host a night of trivia. Whether it's pay-to-play or you raffle off prizes between rounds, it's sure to be fun! You can even find quizzes online that are ready to go.
  3. Spring cleaning sale: Use this time to sort through your closet or those boxes in the garage you've been meaning to get to. Sell the items online and donate the funds to GBSI.
  4. Sell a skill: Use Zoom or other video platforms to teach people a skill like cooking, fitness training, sewing, drawing, etc.
  5. Facebook birthday fundraising: With many parties put on hold, consider asking your friends to donate to our cause.
Go contactless and ask people to donate directly online
Learn more about fundraising
Help Support Our Efforts

During this pandemic crisis, many fundraising efforts that we depend on are having to be put on hold. While we understand that many are struggling, if you are able, we humbly ask that you make a donation to help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide.

Group B Strep International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Recent GBS Studies

A Vaccine Against Group B Streptococcus: Recent Advances.
Carreras-Abad C, Ramkhelawon L, Heath PT, Le Doare K. Infect Drug Resist. 2020 Apr 29;13:1263-1272.

Antibiotic Resistance and Molecular Epidemiological Characteristics of Streptococcus agalactiae Isolated from Pregnant Women in Guangzhou, South China.
Cheng Z, Qu P, Ke P, Yang X, Zhou Q, Lan K, He M, Cao N, Qin S, Huang X. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2020 Apr 30;2020:1368942.

A Broad Spectrum Chemokine Inhibitor Prevents Preterm Labor but Not Microbial Invasion of the Amniotic Cavity or Neonatal Morbidity in a Non-human Primate Model
Coleman, M., et al. Front. Immunol., 30 April 2020

Emerging Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance in β-Hemolytic Streptococci.
Oppegaard O, Skrede S, Mylvaganam H, Kittang BR.Front Microbiol. 2020 May 15;11:797.
Download free GBS awareness materials

Besides the awareness materials and promotional items in our online store, many of our GBS awareness materials are downloadable! Please email info@gbs-intl.org with any questions or special requests.

Download awareness materials
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