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Solidarity with Nepal - one year later

April 26th, 2016

Right from the day after the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has given financial support and donations of medicines to its partners who are helping the victims.

Sanofi employees also responded, following a call for donations from the Foundation. Almost €200,000 was collected and then matched by the Group.

A year after the tragedy, our partners are now taking stock of what they have achieved.

Handicap International


Handicap International, L. Veuve

Initially, Handicap International's teams identified potentially vulnerable people. Over 15,000 people were approached, and depending on their needs, nearly 4,000 were sent to hospitals or health centers. The NGO was also involved in rehabilitating hospitals and health facilities, especially in the Kathmandu Valley, while mobile camps were set up in more remote areas. To help people return to affected areas, 500 household kits containing basic home items were distributed. Health staff were also trained in humanitarian responses in order to identify potentially vulnerable people, make sure they were included, monitor people, and collect data. Nearly 4,000 people participated in these training sessions so all types of players could be more easily coordinated in the event of future disasters.

Médecins du Monde


Médecins du Monde

Following a needs assessment conducted within 48 hours of the disaster, Médecins du Monde sent medical teams to the area, and provided logistical support for the provision of tents and essential medicines. Up until January 2016, these teams conducted 14,000 consultations, providing isolated people with a basic set of primary health care.

The NGO has invested in reconstructing and rehabilitating 16 semi-permanent sanitary facilities and a health center. Strong support was also provided to hospitals in Kathmandu.

Médecins du Monde also trained health personnel on-site in health and hygiene education, as well as mental health such as managing stress, emotions and trauma. More than 1,000 people took training sessions in emergency responses and the provision of first aid.

Moreover, Médecins du Monde helped establish an epidemic monitoring system and helped improve the warning system and rapid intervention network.

This project was completed in January 2016.

The Red Cross


The Red Cross, IFRC

The French Red Cross set up a base in the Dolakha district to help and medically support the victims of the earthquake. A primary care unit was built there, and nearly 6,000 consultations were carried out in traumatology, psychology, or related to more severe diseases that could not be treated because health centers had been destroyed. A referral system was also set up.

In September 2015, the European Red Cross teams handed over their responsibilities to the Nepal Red Cross, and donated all the medical equipment they had brought to the country.