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WHFS Announces New Patron

WHFS is thrilled to welcome Dr Geetha Subramanian MBE as a new patron.  

Dr Subramanian is a consultant gynaecologist who has worked in Community Women's Health in Tower Hamlets for 27 years.  She made significant changes to the way services were delivered in various areas, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM /C) and young people’s sexual health.  She successfully established a Centre of Excellence, providing specific clinical services for women in Tower Hamlets in a sensitive and effective way.

In recognition of her significant contribution over the years in Tower Hamlets, Dr. Subramanian was selected in 2007 for the ‘Asian Women of Achievement’ award, under the Public Sector category. More recently, she was made an MBE in January 2013 for her services to the women and young people of Tower Hamlets.

WHFS's CEO Sharon Hanooman first met Dr Subramanian through WHFS’s FGM /C community project, ‘Hear our Voices’.  It was clear that Dr Subramanian was extremely knowledgeable about FGM /C and passionate about helping women affected.  In October 2014, Dr Subramanian spoke at the seminar at the House of Commons led by WHFS on FGM /C, which was recently written about in East End Life.  She eloquently discussed the challenges health professionals experience when delivering FGM /C services and trying to gain the appropriate training.  After the seminar, many women who had undergone FGM /C thanked Dr Subramanian personally for giving them life-changing medical help.

Dr Subramanian recently gave a compelling speech at WHFS' annual general meeting to an appreciative audience.  She has achieved a huge amount in her work for women's health services within local communities. ‘We are so pleased she is going to be our patron,’ said Karen Wint, co-chair of the Trustees. ‘We know we will benefit from her invaluable experience.’