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12 December 2007
When Dr Judith Hall from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine learned that the equivalent of a Boeing 747 of mothers die in childbirth every single day in Africa she decided she had to do something.
Mothers of Africa is an educational charity set up by the School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthesia with NHS Wales colleagues in response to maternal mortality figures in Sub-Saharan Africa. The charity aims to help countries like Benin, a country which has only 11 anaesthetists for 11 million people. In Cardiff alone there are 140 anaesthetists.
Dr Judith Hall, Head of the Department of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine said: "In certain countries up to 1 in 50 women die in child birth, the kind of death that is just very, very rare in the developed world. We hope to help in some small way by assisting in the education of doctors, nurses and medical support staff to delivery anaesthesia to pregnant mothers."
The educational charity has already sent teams from Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales to Benin, Togo and Ethiopia.
One of the UK's leading tenors, Wynne Evans is supporting the work of Mothers of Africa at a concert to be held in Llandaff Cathedral (31 January 2008). Wynne will be joined by two sopranos from the University’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Choir Cor Caerdydd. The concert ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ - in aid of Mothers of Africa is part of Cardiff University’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2008.
Wynne Evans said: ""The Cardiff anaesthetics department have been there for the successful birth of my children and I'm delighted to support them in their aim to improve the safety of childbirth for mothers in Africa."
Tickets for ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ - in aid of Mothers of Africa are available by phone on 0870 013 1812 or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffmusic
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1. Photos from Mothers of Africa work in Benin, Togo and Ethiopia are available from the Public Relations Office (029 20874499). Dr Judith Hall is also available for interview. A team has just come back form Ethiopia and the next trip is to Liberia in February (with Dr Hall).
2.Cardiff School of MedicineCardiff University’s School of Medicine is recognised as a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2000 students, including 1,100 postgraduate students. The School of Medicine is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. It has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further. The School is an international leader in basic and clinically applied research activities and scored highly in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise. School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards to work with Government, the healthcare industries and the charitable sector on the most pressing issues of human health. The School has also been instrumental in establishing and running many important national research initiatives including the Wales Gene Park, Wales Cancer Bank, the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair and the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research.
3. Cardiff UniversityCardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Judith Hall,School of MedicineCardiff UniversityTel: 029 20 744886Email: HallJE@cardiff.ac.uk
Emma DarlingPublic RelationsCardiff UniversityTel: 029 20874499Email: DarlingEL@cardiff.ac.uk
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