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July is Group B Strep Awareness Month

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July is Group B Strep Awareness Month – throughout the month of July the charity will be focusing on raising awareness of group B Strep among new and expectant parents, health professionals, MPs, governing bodies, and supporters.

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis. Every day in the UK, a newborn baby develops group B strep infection. Every week one baby dies from group B Strep infection. Every fortnight one survivor is left with long-term mental or physical disabilities.

Most of these infections can be prevented.

While many developed countries routinely offer pregnant women testing for group B Strep, the NHS doesn’t.

Our goal? – to see every pregnant woman in the UK informed about group B Strep and offered a group B Strep-specific test to detect group B Strep carriage to prevent unnecessary tragedies.

We’d need your help to achieve this.

So what could you do to help? There are some very quick and easy things you can do leading up to, and during, July:

Awareness:

  • Make a pledge – tell as many people as you know about group B Strep; your friends, family, work colleagues.
  • Take a group B Strep information pack to your local GP surgery or the maternity unit in your local hospital, or Mum and toddler group, cafe, supermarket, nursery or sports centre – ask if you can PIN UP A GBS POSTER.
  • Organise a group B Strep coffee morning – let us know when and where and we can send you group B Strep information packs and promotional materials or you can download them for free. Get in touch at info@gbss.org.uk.
  • Give a talk to your local Mum and baby group or lunch club we can provide you with a short presentation to help.
  • Tell your story to the media if you and your family have been affected by group B Strep, please talk to your local press and TV. Tell them what happened and let them know you are doing this to create much greater awareness of group B Strep and July Awareness Month. Need help? Download a fundraising press release template here.
  • Talk to your local MP and/or other Parliamentary Representative – one way to help is to contact your local MP. Most parliamentarians are on Twitter so following them is a good way of finding out more about their interests and even getting in touch. If you live in the UK and don’t know who your MP is, you can find out here. Please email your MP, requesting a meeting and/or providing some information on group B Strep and why prevention is so important.

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