Improving care for mothers and newborns

At the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-EA), our focus is on saving lives. Each year across the world, one million preterm babies die within the first 28 days of life, while over 300,000 women die in childbirth.

PTBi-EA is working to reduce the number of preterm births and save the lives of preterm infants and their mothers, by improving quality of care and engaging in discovery research in regions of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

PTBi-EA is a collaboration among UCSF's Institute for Global Health Sciences; Kenya Medical Research Institute; Makerere University in Uganda; University of Rwanda and Rwanda Biomedical Center and generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our sister initiative PTBi-CA conducts research in California.