The special solidarity prize "CSR Challenges" 2014 awarded to the Sanofi Espoir Foundation

June 14th, 2014

Fondation Sanofi Espoir’s commitment to the fight against childhood cancer through its “My Child Matters” program was recognized with a special solidarity prize at the 2014 “CSR Challenges” Awards on June 10th. The foundation was among nine winners distinguished out of 21 companies and organizations nominated.

More than 175,000 children are confronted with cancer and at least 90,000 die each year. The Fondation Sanofi Espoir project “My Child Matters’’, which seeks to reduce inequalities in the treatment of childhood cancers, is entering its ninth year. In partnership with international organizations, including the International Union for the Fight against Cancer (UICC) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, “My Child Matters” has supported 45 projects in 33 Asian, African and Latin American countries and become a recognized leader in the fight against childhood cancer. Since 2006, the initiative has helped support over 40,000 children and train 10,000 health professionals.

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Valérie de Launay , HR, Internal Communication & Sustainability Director of Malakoff Médéric Group; Nora Barsali, founder of CSR Challenges; Eric Molinié, Director of Sustainable Development, EDF; Gilles Lhernould, SVP CSR, Sanofi ; Caty Forget, Managing Director, Sanofi Espoir Foundation

The “CSR Challenges” judging panel chose Fondation Sanofi Espoir’s “My Child Matters” program for its focus on improving access to healthcare by the most vulnerable and its impact on the fight against childhood cancer. The panel also sought to underline the initiative’s boldness on behalf of a cause too often neglected in developing countries. The program has been effective in mobilizing local communities and encouraging institutions (NGOs, hospitals...) to develop innovative approaches to improve early diagnosis, access to care and treatment, the fight against pain and the provision of care and support to disadvantaged children suffering from cancer.

Watch the “My Child Matters” Video - International program to fight childhood cancer