Group B Strep Support (GBSS) is the UK's only charity working to stop group B Strep infection in babies. The charity was founded in 1996 by Jane and Robert Plumb, parents of Theo Plumb, who died aged 17 hours from group B Strep infection.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis, pneumonia or meningitis. On average, every day in the UK two babies develop GBS infection, one of those sick babies dies every week and one survivor is left with long-term disability.
“Following our middle child’s group B Strep infection in 1996, Robert and I found few answers to the questions we had. Luckily, we very quickly made contact with an expert in the field and, after he explained how preventable most group B Strep infection in newborn babies is – and how so few health professionals at the time were aware of good prevention measures – we decided to set up a charity.”JANE PLUMB MBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Today the charity works in five main areas across the UK:
We're a small team - including this role, we'll be 7 members of staff (with growth planned for 2022 and beyond) and have consistently punched about our weight to being about improvements to awareness, knowledge, policy and research into preventing and treating group B Strep infection in babies.