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Kathleen King, Chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland

Kathleen King, Chairperson of the Endometrios Association of Ireland

As the Chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland (EAI), I wish to take this opportunity to introduce the work of the EAI.

The EAI was formed in 1987 when a magazine (Woman’s Way) ran a piece on endometriosis. They received a number of letters from Irish women looking for support, these letters were passed back to one of the enquirers who set about forming the organisation. It was registered as a charity and limited company.  The EAI has always been volunteer-led; we do not have any paid staff or full-time volunteers. The board/volunteers tended to be women living with endometriosis and its associated symptoms. In recent years, the board has contained family members – not directly affected by endometriosis – but bringing a unique and important input. Each volunteer has given up their own time and energy to help sustain and grow the organisation.

Our Goals

Our income goes towards our rent at Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, membership fees of other charitable organisations, printing leaflets and other materials like t shirts/bags, purchasing materials (books), maintaining website, attending meetings/conferences, volunteer expenses, insurance, auditors fees, running events and other essential expenses.

We are on the journey to accept the Governance Code and also to comply with the Charities Regulator Code – both of which are a massive achievement for a small charity like the EAI.

International Recognition

Internationally, the EAI is well recognised and respected. We are members of the World Endometriosis Society and the newly formed World Endometriosis Organisation (WEO) which represents advocates.  I have been appointed as a member of the steering group for the WEO. Where possible, we send delegates to international conferences and have most recently had representation at the EndoDubai, European Endometriosis Conference and the World Congress on Endometriosis. Delegates take time from their work and lives to attend, they feedback to the EAI any important developments and information for the wider benefit of the members and endometriosis community.  Events like this are also an important opportunity for the charities / organisations to get together to share resources and experiences and to support each other. The majority of the European charities are small organisations, some are partially state funded and some have paid staff.

The EAI and those living with endometriosis face significant challenges such as access to effective healthcare with timely diagnosis, poor public awareness and difficulties in the workplace.

Our Aims

The main aims of the EAI are set out in our constitution :

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    To promote, safeguard and protect the interests of the members of the community in relation to endometriosis and related conditions through the provision of support and education in respect of endometriosis and through the promotion of research into and awareness of endometriosis and related conditions.;
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    To advance the education of the general public and those in the medical or similar professions concerning the causes, effects and treatment of endometriosis and other related conditions.;
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    To promote the study, research into and discussion on all matters relating to causes, alleviation and cure of endometriosis and related conditions, and with particular regard to improving the quality of life of those effected by endometriosis;
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    To enable the Company to make an effective contribution to achieving national health and social objectives;
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    To promote the development of services and better interests of those who suffer from endometriosis and related conditions;
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    To promote the above purposes by all lawful means, including (but not limited to) the use of the media generally, publications, lectures, seminars, working with other organisations, schemes of research and study.;

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events, and please get in touch if you need any more information or support.

Kathleen King

Chairperson
Endometriosis Association of Ireland

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