Wellbeing of Women is the only UK charity that funds pioneering medical research across women’s health. Their mission is to transform the lives of women and their babies through improved diagnosis and finding better treatments, cures and preventions. Since 1964, the charity has invested around £54 million into early research that has been at the core of some of the biggest medical breakthroughs, leading to the treatments and care that we see today.
What Does Wellbeing of Women Do?
Despite the fact that 1 in 2 women in the UK will experience some form of reproductive or gynaecological health problem, many still remain embarrassed to talk about them, even to their doctors. Wellbeing of Women aims to bring about medical breakthroughs in women’s health, not just through funding of treatments, but also through raising awareness of women’s health conditions and through investing in the next generation of women’s health professionals.
The charity funds medical research in three main areas of women’s health: Wellbeing, Pregnancy and Birth, and Gynaecological Cancers.
General Wellbeing: This includes conditions such as the menopause, periods, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and urinary incontinence. Wellbeing of Women works towards finding better treatments for these conditions as well as a better understanding of them. Research funded in this area includes £1 million for better treatments for PCOS and endometriosis, and £1 million towards better understanding and treatment of incontinence.
Pregnancy & Birth: The research that Wellbeing of Women funds helps make a difference to the health of mothers and their babies across the UK. With 1 in 5 pregnancies ending in miscarriage, the charity has invested funds into projects that look into the role of NK cells in recurrent miscarriages, as well as supporting women who have experienced them. In addition, they have also invested £6.5 million into screening for birth abnormalities, and £4 million into fertility treatments.
Gynaecological Cancers: Every year, over 21,000 women are diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer. All cancers have a greater success of treatment if caught as early as possible, however many early symptoms of gynaecological cancers are often missed, resulting in late diagnosis. As a result, Wellbeing of Women has invested funds into this area, including £3 million into early detection and outpatient treatment of cervical cancer, and £5.5 million into successful diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.
Research Grants & Awareness
Wellbeing of Women also awards research training grants to women’s health professionals, such as gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives. By doing so, the charity invests in the future of female health by training the next generation of specialists.
In addition, Wellbeing of Women also works to raise awareness of women’s health issues through campaigns, health seminars, and social media.Through raising awareness of these issues, the stigma and embarrassment attached to them is reduced.
How Do Wellbeing of Women Raise Funds for Medical Research?
The charity raises funds through corporate sponsorships, individual giving, fundraising challenges and events, and through the help of volunteers. This month, in honour of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we are delighted to have Wellbeing of Women on board as one of our charities!
You can help Wellbeing of Women on their mission towards a world where women are freed from the pain and heartache caused by female reproductive issues with a vote for them in our charity poll for March 2020. Cast your vote today, and to find out more about the charity and their research, visit their website here: https://www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/