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Humanitarian emergencies: the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is involved in France, Southern Sudan and Uganda

September 16, 2019


The Sanofi Espoir Foundation announces its financial support for three new programs in the field of humanitarian emergencies

In France, it is helping the Red Cross to set up a mobile clinic dedicated to migrants living in camps along the Hauts-de-France coast in the north of the country, mainly in Grande-Synthe and Calais. In addition to first aid nursing and transfers to hospital emergency services, the Red Cross is developing a reception/listening/orientation activity and working to maintain and restore family ties. "The activities of maintaining links are part of a more global psychosocial support approach for the beneficiary public," explains the French Red Cross. "Volunteers also deliver messages to prevent contact breakdown, in order to avoid the separation of families during their exile, especially when crossing borders."

In Southern Sudan, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is involved with Save the Children in the field of maternal and neonatal health. According to the NGO, the conflict in the region has led to the destruction of many health facilities (only 40% are still reported to be functional), and the country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, estimated at 789 deaths per 100,000 births. The program funded by the Foundation aims to support two health centers in the Abyei region, claimed by Sudan and Southern Sudan, in which neither government is investing in healthcare. The aim is to help some 38,000 people, especially by providing essential health products, rehabilitating health centers and training health professionals.

Finally, in Uganda, the Foundation supports Medical Teams International, which is working to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus. The NGO's program includes disease detection and primary healthcare for refugees and vulnerable Ugandans in seven border districts hosting people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, currently the source of the epidemic. Medical Teams aims to help more than 600,000 refugees and over 230,000 Ugandans by means of 60 health centers and more than 1,500 local health professionals. The NGO works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health.