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A collaboration between The University of Sheffield and
The University of Cape Town


Theme: Addressing the challenges of meeting the SDG Goals for Maternal and
Child Health by mitigating Preterm Birth in LMICs.

Every year nearly 15 million babies are born prematurely. Preterm Birth complications account for nearly 1 million infant deaths. The incidence of Preterm Birth is higher in low middle-income countries (LMICs) than in countries with more resources. The chance of being born prematurely is higher among women who have infections during pregnancy, including infection with HIV and malaria that is highly prevalent in LMICs. Premature babies that survive, have a higher chance of illness episodes in the first year of life and of childhood death. It is plausible that we can better predict, prevent and manage premature births, particularly those associated with infections, in LMICs. This networking conference, the Preterm Birth Dialogues, will bring together trans-national researchers from many different professions to brainstorm about current and future research as well strategies to improve maternal and child health around Preterm Birth, focusing on LMICs.


The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from disciplines such as obstetrics, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics/engineering and behavioural sciences, as well as other stakeholders and policy and planners, to reflect on the research challenges and opportunities for improving birth outcomes related to Preterm Birth. With high quality abstracts and presentations from early career researchers it is envisaged that discussion will also revolve around developing research capacity around Preterm Birth in LMICs by training bright early career researchers.


  • Learning and knowledge exchange among conference participants.
  • Development, sustenance and strengthening of collaboration among participants.
  • Prioritisation of research areas of particular relevance to LMICs contexts.

Abstract Invitation

  • Scientific abstracts of primary research that address any aspect of Preterm birth, stillbirth, and related pregnancy issues and outcomes are invited.
  • Abstracts may address, but not exclusively, any of the following themes: Epidemiology, Immunology, Physiology, Clinical Outcomes, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics.
  • Abstract authorship that includes early career researchers as presenting authors are especially encouraged.
  • Only abstracts submitted by presenting authors registered to attend the conference will be considered.
  • Abstracts will be considered for either Oral or Poster Presentation depending on presenter preference and scores.

Registration FEES

Early Bird Registration
1 August – 15 December 2018:

Registered Students: R2,100.00
Delegates: R3,300.00
Standard Registration
16 December 2018 – 20 January 2019:

Registered Students: R2,400.00
Delegates: R3,700.00

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be in English.
Abstracts should be in Times New Roman font, single line spacing, font size 12.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
Abstracts should be in editable Microsoft Word format.
Abstracts should be submitted by 19 November 2018.
Confirmation of acceptance by 30 November 2018.
Accepted presenting authors are to register by 30 December 2018.


Abstract submission closes:
19 November 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance:
30 November 2018
Early bird registration closes:
15 December 2018
Standard registration closes:
20 January 2019



Angela Beukes | Project Manager
Karen van der Bergh | Conference Coordinator
Marcelle Swart 
 Registration, Delegate & Abstract Management