Wellbeing of Women is the only charity in the UK funding peer-reviewed pioneering medical research across the whole spectrum of women’s reproductive and gynaecological health. Our mission is to improve diagnoses and treatments and find cures and preventions to transform the lives of women and their babies everywhere. Since the charity was established in 1964, we have invested around £54 million in the vital early science which lays the foundations of the major medical breakthroughs. Much of the research we have funded has led to the care and cures which are now part of everyday clinical practice.
What do we do?
We focus on three areas: pregnancy and birth; gynaecological cancers and wellbeing issues, such as endometriosis and menopause. We aim to achieve medical breakthroughs in women’s health by:
Providing funding for pioneering peer-reviewed medical research projects in key areas of women’s reproductive health to improve diagnoses and treatments.
Investing in the future of women’s health through awarding research training grants to the brightest gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives, who will be the next generation of specialists in women’s health.
Raising awareness of women’s reproductive and gynaecological health and associated issues through our website, social media, public health seminars and campaigns.
Why do we exist?
1 in 2 women in the UK will suffer from some kind of reproductive or gynaecological health problem
15 babies a day die in the UK at or near birth (they are either stillborn or die shortly after birth)
145 women a week in the UK die of a gynaecological cancer
2 million women suffer the pain of endometriosis
1 in 3 women will suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in their lives
1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage
Women remain embarrassed to talk about these types of health problems, even with their doctors.
How we do it
We raise funds in a variety of ways: corporate sponsorship and partnership, individual giving, trusts and foundations, events (ticket sales, raffles, auctions), challenge events, our network of volunteer branches. See Get Involved on this website.
Who we are
Wellbeing of Women has a small team of permanent staff and a number of regular volunteers. Our Board of Trustees is chaired by Sir Victor Blank and our Research Advisory Committee is chaired by Professor Steve Robson.
See the full list here.
Selecting the best projects and people
To ensure we fund pioneering research of the highest quality that will have the greatest impact on women’s health, a call for research applications is put out twice a year and grants are awarded on the recommendation of the Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee (RAC) following an open, competitive selection procedure and a rigorous, independent peer review process. The RAC is made up of an independent panel of 19 eminent specialists in the field of women’s health, who serve three-year terms to ensure up-to-date expertise. The best projects and candidates are sent to three external peer reviewers, who are recognised international experts in their fields, and two members of the RAC. Peer reviewers are asked to comment not only on the scientific value of the research proposal and the quality of the applicants and reputation of the institution where the research will be carried out, but also on the need for the research, its value for money and its potential to be translated into clinical practice. We received a total of 58 applications in 2017, all of which were reviewed by members of the RAC, who selected the best projects and candidates for peer review. Wellbeing of Women is affiliated to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Physicians. We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities, which accredits our peer review process and is the gold standard for medical research charities.