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Cardiff sings Classics for Mothers of Africa

29 January 2008

Anaesthetists from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine will travel to Liberia in February to provide education about resuscitation and safe anaesthesia, thanks to support from a charity concert this week.

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.

The concert ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ - in aid of Mothers of Africa is part of Cardiff University’s 125th anniversary celebrations. One of the UK's leading tenors, Wynne Evans will introduce singers from the University’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice, stars of the Welsh National Opera Naomi Harvey and Mark Evans and the Choir Cor Caerdydd at the concert to be held in Llandaff Cathedral (31 January).

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. It’s always well received and it’s always a pleasure to work with the local healthcare providers."

The educational charity has already sent teams from Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales to Benin, Togo and Ethiopia.

Tickets for ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ - in aid of Mothers of Africa are available from or by phone on 029 20743110.


Notes to Editors:

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. Wynne Evans is recovering from a recent operation, but has kindly agreed to introduce the programme. Media are welcome to attend the event.

2.Cardiff School of Medicine

Cardiff 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 University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University 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 the UK’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Dr Judith Hall,
School of Medicine
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 744886

Emma Darling
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20874499