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The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is stepping up its resources to match the ambitions of its new roadmap

June 18, 2019


  • Uniting the actors involved in the fight against vulnerabilities in France
  • Caring for more than 100,000 children with cancer worldwide
  • A 40% higher, €21 million budget over three years

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation has adopted a new three-year roadmap for the 2019-2021 period. Building on its successes, it highlights new ambitions, particularly in terms of access to healthcare for the most disadvantaged in France. To achieve its objectives, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation's budget has been increased by 40% to €21 million over three years.

In France, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation aspires to become the leading catalyst in the fight against vulnerabilities, by bringing together a hundred or so actors around a global approach to addressing individuals. The 2021 target is to create a Vulnerabilities Institute to share best practices such as those developed by the Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis, the Apprentis d'Auteuil and the Emmaüs Défi Convergence resource.

"While therapeutic progress continues to raise new hopes, there are still considerable health inequalities, and this gap has widened in the world’s richest countries," says Xavier Darcos, President of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "To reverse this apparent inevitability, we are advocating a global approach to the individual and are working towards global, inclusive support - the only guarantee for regaining personal autonomy.”

Internationally, in the fight against childhood cancers in low- and middle-income countries:
The Foundation's goal is to increase the number of children receiving treatment in the My Child Matters program. It plans to provide care for more than 100,000 children by 2021, up from 85,000 in 2019. After supporting 58 projects in 42 countries since 2005, the Foundation will support more than 20 new programs over the next three years in areas ranging from cancer registries to early diagnosis, palliative care and the fight against treatment dropouts. The Foundation also wants to increase the number of trained health professionals to 30,000 from 25,000 since 2005.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is stepping up its resources to match the ambitions of its new roadmap

For maternal and neonatal health:

The Foundation will give precedence to a new approach based on field work, and refocus its action on the two countries of Senegal and Benin. In the nearly ten years of its Midwives for Life initiative, the Foundation has supported 35 projects in 24 countries. These have helped care for 4.5 million women, including nearly 1.2 million pregnant women. The Foundation is also committed to supporting innovation through the echOpen project - a low-cost, open source, echo-scope directly connected to a smartphone. A pilot rollout phase will start next year in Benin with the provision of 600 devices to improve maternal and neonatal health diagnosis.

"The Sanofi Espoir Foundation acts as a catalyst, particularly in the field of pediatric cancers, where much remains to be done, as the survival rate is no higher than 20% in some low- and middle-income countries, compared to 80% in rich countries," explains Valérie Faillat, the Head of the Foundation. "We take a holistic approach because a purely technical focus is insufficient. The example of maternal health clearly shows the beneficial impact of education and culture, and the importance of field knowledge.”