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Response to the health emergency in the Central African Republic (CAR): the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is taking part in medical actions

January 15, 2014

The unstable political and security situation in the Central African Republic has worsened since the takeover by the Seleka in March 2013. Indeed, extensive violence has plunged the city of Bangui into one of the most serious crises the country has known.

At the end of December, more than 600 people died and thousands were injured. In addition, 189,000 people were displaced to Bangui, and more than 600,000 others throughout the country had to escape exactions. Deteriorating living conditions among the displaced populations and the lack of skilled healthcare staff make the situation in the RCA even more alarming.

Response to the health emergency in the Central African Republic

To respond to health emergencies and enable those affected to access essential healthcare, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, is supporting a medical program through the READY Fund to provide primary healthcare to 9,000 people in the Notre Dame d’Afrique, Notre Dame de Fatima and Guitangola neighborhoods.

The main actions include the supply of equipment to health centers, setting up a mobile clinic to provide curative and preventive medical consultations and referring the most serious cases to the community hospital.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation supports Tulipe with drug donations to create emergency kits

Fourteen emergency kits have been supplied by Tulipe (Emergency and International Solidarity among Healthcare Companies) to the Red Cross to fund their health center in Bangui. Emergency kits have also been provided to the Order of Malta and GIACM (A French Civilian-Military Aid Group) to support their actions in the country.

Between December and January, Tulipe supplied 1.5 tonnes of health products (28 emergency kits and 300 kilograms of bulk) to the NGO Alima and one tonne of medicines to the PU-AMI teams who are stepping up their emergency response to tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis.

Three types of kits have been made available to the NGOs: an emergency kit consisting of small medical devices and injectable drugs; a pediatric kit including medicines for children, and a basic kit for adults containing rapid-delivery primary healthcare solutions.

These kits include medicines manufactured by Sanofi.

Response to the health emergency in the Central African Republic

About the READY Fund

The READY Fund was established by the Red Cross in April 2012, with the support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, together with two leading partners Total and Technip Foundation. The fund's main objective is to ensure that communities are better prepared to face disasters and provide resources for acting effectively during forgotten or insufficiently publicized crises. By pooling expertise and financial resources, this Fund makes it possible to share ideas and develop action plans involving prevention, emergency responses and post-emergency programs to drive durable humanitarian missions.