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The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners are publishing their white paper "National Convention on Social Vulnerability" in France.

February 14, 2019

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners have published their white paper on the National Convention on Social Vulnerability. It has been presented to Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Solidarity and Health, and proposes a new approach to supporting people in vulnerable situations. It offers four concrete proposals for a global approach.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners have published their white paper on the National Convention on Social Vulnerability.

The white paper was presented to the government represented by Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Heath and Solidarity, at the Institut de France on February 14th.
Philippe's testimony, distributed as an introduction, made a strong impact on the audience. "If your chair only has two legs, you fall down. But if you have three, you can manage. Without the support of the associations that took care of me, I would never have been able to find a place to live. Without this accommodation, I would never have been able to go to job interviews. And when I had no work, I still felt useless. Now I feel useful to society again. And I hadn't taken care of m heath in years. Now I am seeing a doctor," he said in a filmed interview.

Being vulnerable means not having a roof over your head. It can also mean not having a job or falling sick. Very often, support is confined to a single situation (health, work or housing) when in reality every aspect of vulnerability is interlinked. This is the main observation made by the eleven field workers who signed* the white paper on the National Convention on Vulnerability.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners have published their white paper on the National Convention on Social Vulnerability.

Removing support silos

The first proposal by Xavier Darcos, President of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation: "There is an urgent need to find a new way forward. We want to create the conditions for removing the silos that still prevent a global approach to individuals and their vulnerabilities.”

Valérie Faillat, Executive Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, added: "The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners propose to work on creating a unique platform to deliver a global approach to individuals. This collectively-designed resource should improve the way people are being helped through a better understanding of existing systems and a better local network." This platform is the second proposal for removing silos.

Rémi Tricart, CEO of Emmaus Défi, Christine Laconde, CEO of Samusocial de Paris, and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of Apprentis d'Auteuil, all thanked the Sanofi Espoir Foundation for having acted as the catalyst for this initiative, which involved more than 150 associations, public stakeholders and foundations.

This de-siloing approach also means looking at social innovation, measuring impacts and transferring actions to a common law basis, a subject discussed by Mr. Christophe Itier, High Commissioner for the Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation, coordinator of the French national accelerator for social innovation.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation and its partners have published their white paper on the National Convention on Social Vulnerability.

One in four French people feel vulnerable

Then Agnès Buzyn took the floor: "The French Ministry of Health and Solidarity is focused on concern for others, care and meaningfulness. One in four French people feel vulnerable**. The initiatives in the White Paper reflect the actions I wanted to take when I first took over the Ministry. Your work has been guided by a cross-cutting approach. This is far from being a fashionable, but is nevertheless a highly "transformative" idea.”

The Minister concluded her speech by highlighting the last two proposals: implementing innovative research and pilot projects to develop a global approach to the individual, and the drive to generalize good practices in social innovation and their transfer into common law.

* Agir pour le développement et la santé des femmes (ADSF), Les Apprentis d'Auteuil, Aux captifs la libération, Centre d'Action Sociale Protestant (CASP), French Red Cross, Emmaüs Défi, Gynécologie sans frontière (GSF), Intermed, La Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis, Le Samusocial de Paris and Solipam.

** Sanofi Espoir Foundation/CSA Institute Survey, May 2018.