Queen Mary University of London’s Women's Health Research Unit and Barts Health NHS Trust are collaborating with clinicians, researchers and volunteers to launch the East London International Women's Health appeal, also known as the ELLY Appeal.
To mark the launch, a range of clinicians, academics, community support groups, patient representatives, local businesses, city firms and other maternity charities in the UK will tonight gather for an event at the Geffrye Museum in East London. Dr Dan Poulter MP and HE T. Jasudasen, the High Commissioner for Singapore will also be attending to show their support.
One woman dies every minute from a pregnancy related complication somewhere in the world, usually due to lack of trained staff, equipment and resources. The aim of the ELLY Appeal is tackle this global problem by building a network of sustainable partnerships which support and educate women locally and globally.
Through these partnerships, women will have improved access to optimal maternal healthcare through education, research and training – both locally in East London and around the world. Due to social inequalities, deprivation and poverty, many women in East London have additional maternal healthcare needs.
The work of the ELLY Appeal involves three main areas:
Khalid Khan, Professor of Women's Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London, comments:“We are very excited to officially launch the ELLY appeal today. Through this important network of partnerships we will be able to help women in East London directly, and improve the care we offer our local community.”
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