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Solidarity with the Philippines: 3 months later

February 20th, 2014

Typhoon Hayian (Yolanda) that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 left 6,000 dead, 16 million affected people, over 4 million people displaced and a million homes destroyed.

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Thanks to the immediate support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the generosity of Sanofi employees, access to health actions were very quickly set in motion with Médecins du Monde and the French Red Cross to help disaster victims. They included setting up mobile clinics, nursing tents near destroyed health centers, and providing health kits to ensure essential primary care to the wounded.

The Tulipe association (Emergency Solidarity with International Healthcare Businesses) also supported this response by sending 24 emergency kits, including Sanofi medicines, to four NGOs specialized in searching for victims and providing first aid.

While the emergency phase wound down, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the Sanofi Company continued their commitment to victims in the Philippines by supporting post-emergency projects with the French Red Cross and Médecins du Monde.

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Actions engaged with Médecins du Monde now focus on Leyte Island with the rehabilitation of 12 health centers in four districts (San Pablo and Ipil in Ormoc City, and the Carigara and Albuera municipalities). These will help re-establish health services for local health staff, who will have access to safe, properly-equipped facilities. These medium term actions carried out in cooperation with local authorities will provide direct aid to nearly 184,700 people.

Working with the French Red Cross, which has sent field teams to the north of the island of Cebu, Sanofi is participating in the efforts coordinated by the French Embassy and other French companies such as Total and Lafarge known as the "French Village" project. Due to last 18 months, this will help reconstruct temporary homes, implement disaster risk preventive measures, and build health centers, a key focus for Sanofi’s aid.