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The REACH Pregnancy Programme [Research for Equitable Antenatal Care and Health] aims to generate high quality evidence on how to improve access to antenatal care and enhance the value and experience of that care, for pregnant women living in areas with high levels of poverty and ethnic diversity. There are three main projects within the research programme. 




The programme started in October 2014 and is expected to run until October 2019. The programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is jointly led by Barts Health NHS Trust and the University of East London, in collaboration with other academic and service partners

“There are huge inequalities in early and consistent uptake of antenatal care. This research programme will provide valuable research evidence on what works to improve outcomes for women and babies through interventions involving closer partnership between local women and health professionals.”

Professor Angela Harden
Programme Chief Investigator
University of East London and Barts Health NHS Trust


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This website presents a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme (Grant Reference Number RP-PG-1211-20015) The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.