Health is a global agenda and so The PEP Network is invested in improving the quality of life of its communities.
In 2020, the PEP Network has partnered with DMKS and Wellbeing Of Women to deliver its CSR commitments for the coming year.
Wellbeing of Women, 2020
Wellbeing of Women invests in pioneering research on women’s health. Their research helps find cures and develops new tests and treatments that will save and change the lives of women, girls and babies.
Since 1964,Wellbeing Of Women have invested more than £64 million in the highly innovative research across all areas of women’s reproductive health.
They focus on three areas:
Pregnancy and birth complications, including miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and fertility.
Gynaecological cancers such as cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, virginal cancer, vulval cancer and womb cancer.
Wellbeing issues, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause, incontinence and other health areas.
Stem cell transplants are sometimes the only hope of survival for those diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder. A blood a stem cell transplant can also be used for treating other conditions such as Sickle Cell disease, Thalassaemia and other auto-immune conditions. Sadly, many people with blood cancer from BAME backgrounds face significant challenges in finding a suitable match. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough BAME people registered as donors.
DKMS works hard to increase the size and diversity of the blood stem cell registry. Last year in the UK, there were cases where no suitable donors from Black, African-Caribbean, East Asian and some other minority ethnic backgrounds were available to patients of the same ethnicities. DKMS are working to change this so people from BAME communities have the same chances as everyone else.
In the UK, a woefully low 2% of the UK population are on the stem cell register. And people from BAME backgrounds make up less than 14% of registrations. Even more shocking is that people from minority ethnic backgrounds have just a 20% chance of finding a stem cell donor match compared to 69% from those of a Northern European background.
If you are from a BAME community, your decision to register and commit to donate could give a person with blood cancer at second chance at life. Let’s change these statistics together and change lives. Every donor could make a difference.
You could make a difference. A two minute swab of the inside of your cheek is all it takes to get registered.
Register as a stem cell donor here