Health

Wellbeing of Women

Wellbeing of Women funds pioneering medical research and training in reproductive health and childbirth across the UK to find better diagnoses and treatments for all women and babies. Since 1964 the charity has invested over £60m in research and training grants which has led to many of the major medical breakthroughs in women’s healthcare, including: discovery of the links between HPV and cervical cancer which has resulted in a routine teenage vaccination for teenagers against HPV; taking folic acid to protect the unborn baby; and, using ultrasound in pregnancy.

Wellbeing of Women funds pioneering medical research and training in reproductive health and childbirth across the UK to find better diagnoses and treatments for all women and babies. Since 1964 the charity has invested over £60m in research and training grants which has led to many of the major medical breakthroughs in women’s healthcare, including: discovery of the links between HPV and cervical cancer which has resulted in a routine teenage vaccination for teenagers against HPV; taking folic acid to protect the unborn baby; and, using ultrasound in pregnancy.

The Wellbeing of Women’s Research Advisory Committee is comprised of 19 eminent doctors, midwives and scientists who select the highest-quality projects and the best people at recognised centres of excellence across the UK, following an open competitive selection procedure and a rigorous peer review process.

The charity applied to the Foundation for their priority project – to find an accurate and reliable diagnostic test for ectopic pregnancy, which will enable doctors to intervene early to save the mother’s life. Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of maternal death and ill health in early pregnancy, affecting around 20,000 pregnancies a year in the UK. Currently there is no single diagnostic test for ectopic pregnancy meaning that the mother risks bleeding to death if she does not receive immediate medical treatment.

The charity’s rigorous peer review process and focus on translational research met the Foundation’s approach to research funding.

“It can be challenging to find the funds for complex medical research into women’s reproductive health issues and childbirth. The Garfield Weston Foundation’s fantastic investment in women’s health is already having an impact on making childbirth safer. Importantly, having the support of the Foundation signals to other funders that the research we fund is of the highest quality and benefits women and their babies everywhere.”  Janet Lindsay, CEO, Wellbeing of Women