Promoting Awareness of Pre-natal Onset Group-B Streptoccus Disease: POGBS
In February 2011, Imbako partnered with Group B strep International to promote awareness of pre-natal onset Group B Streptococcus infections, acquired during pregnancy.
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life. Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die. Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from Group B Strep.
The POGBS project would involve:
- Contacting other health organizations, public health departments to gather more information on the pre-natal onset GBS disease.
- Using Imbako social media (face book, twitter, and website) and other forums (meetings, pamphlets, flyers) to create awareness of the pre-natal onset GBS disease.
- Promoting awareness that July is Group B Strep Awareness month.
- Future Research into POGBS in Kenya