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30 January 2008
Anaesthetists from the School of Medicine will travel to Liberia in February to provide education about resuscitation and safe anaesthesia, thanks to support from a University 125th Anniversary concert.
Mothers of Africa is an educational charity set up by the School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine 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 (Thursday 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 concert is part of the University's 125 Anniversary and because of a generous donation from the University, all funds raised go to the charity."
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 www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffmusic or by phone on 029 20743110. Tickets will also be available on the door.
Global health forms an important theme for the University's 125th anniversary year. Cardiff for Africa a conference highlighting the challenges facing Africa in the 21st Century is planned to focus on opportunities for knowledge-transfer whilst suggesting ways in which universities in Britain can contribute their knowledge to the benefit of African society.
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