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CREATING A LONG-TERM VISION OF ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

In a global economy where competitiveness is largely based on human capital, health is a key factor for growth and development. In countries with limited resources, it is important to implement effective health systems.

Photo : Juan A. de Castro, Professor and Director of the Development Policy Group at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Member of the Board of Directors of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation.

We tend to live with the idea that health is a cost. Yet today it is above all a powerful engine of growth. For countries with limited resources, it is a major development challenge. Many studies from the 1990s show that the health level of a given population is a good indicator of its living standards. Progress in this field often influence on the economic development of a country. Everyone is more productive, more resistant and better able to learn when they are healthy.

Just like education, health is human capital. The expenditure needed is significantly lower than its returns, which means saving lives and alleviating the terrible economic burden imposed by disease on affected populations (healthcare expenditure, lost working hours, etc.) by imprisoning them in the vicious circle of poverty.

To reduce the inequality gap between countries, the Millennium Development Goals generated an unprecedented effort from the international community. In 20 years, infant mortality and neonatal mortality have been nearly halved. But this decrease is far from sufficient in developing countries, where 99 % of these deaths occur. There will never be enough international financial assistance.

To effectively strengthen their health systems and ensure access for all to high-quality health care, governments must coordinate their actions with those of experienced private partners that have the requisite know-how. By intelligently targeting priorities and focusing on neglected areas such as childhood cancer, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation plays a role that is sometimes overlooked by others yet which forms part of a drive to globalization that goes well beyond markets and is inspired by everyone’s right to health and to quality of life.

  1. FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER
  2. FIGHTING MATERNAL AND NEONATAL MORTALITY
  3. ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE