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The Sanofi Espoir Foundation Takes the Refugee Solidarity Train #Aveclesréfugiés

November 28, 2019


The Sanofi Espoir Foundation works closely alongside the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As part of its program to aid migrants, the Foundation is supporting the Train de la Solidarité #Aveclesréfugiés (The #Withtherefugees Solidarity Train) under the patronage of Emmanuel Macron, alongside the SNCF corporation, the French Inter-Ministerial Delegation for Refugees (diAir), the SNCF and Generali Corporate Foundations, and the City of Paris.

This exhibition train will travel through five cities in France between November 28 and December 14, arriving in Geneva on December 16 for the opening of the first Global Forum on Refugees. This will mark one year since the historic adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the Marrakech conference in which the Sanofi Espoir Foundation participated.

"The Sanofi Espoir Foundation has been committed to the migration health challenge for nearly ten years through its activities in France and abroad. In 2018, this effort made it possible to provide medical and social support to nearly 90,000 people," says Xavier Darcos, President of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "We believe that the collective dimension is vital: our main added value lies in the entire process of coordinating, pooling and cooperating with our partners in the voluntary, public and private sectors.”

In the context of south-south migration, the Foundation supported international actions in 2018 to provide care for more than 67,000 refugees in Bangladesh, Yemen and the DRC. These interventions have taken place in countries where health needs are not only considered very important by the World Health Organization, but also involve a significant migration flow in France.

In the case of south-north migration, the Foundation has supported several projects in France since 2017, such as the activities of Gynecology Without Borders in camps in the north of the country which is helping women by means of a mobile gynecological unit. In its multi-year projects, the Foundation works alongside partners such as Samusocial de Paris, the Centre d'Action Sociale Protestant (CASP), Intermed, Ikambere, la Maison des Femmes and the Comede to provide an appropriate health response, particularly with regard to pregnancy follow-up and mental health. As a result of all these actions, medical and social support was provided to nearly 23,000 migrants in 2018. The Foundation has also spearheaded the creation of a committee of 18 corporate foundations to provide a comprehensive response to migrants/refugees.