Women's Forum: Sanofi Espoir Foundation will partner the launch of the international “Stand up for African mothers” campaign

October 10, 2011

On the occasion of Women's Forum 2011, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is joining forces with the Fondation Elle, the Women's Forum and its AMREF NGO partner in the international ‘Stand up for African Mothers’ mobilization campaign.

Initiated by the AMREF, the campaign will be officially launched on October 13 at the opening of the Women's Forum in Deauville. The goal is to help reduce maternal mortality in Africa by 25%, by training 30,000 midwives by 2015 and supporting the highly symbolic candidature of the African midwife Ester Madudu, for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

This builds on the partnership established by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation with the AMREF to support field activities in several African countries such as Senegal and Uganda in the fight against maternal and child mortality, a heavy burden on the development of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, and help in training midwives.

A number of special events will be held at the Women's Forum:

  • A press conference on the theme of “What if we all stand up for African mothers” on Thursday, October 13th with Véronique Morali (President of the Women's Forum), Dr. Christine Ondoa (Ugandan Minister of Health, Claude Mocorgé (former President of Médecins du Monde), Teguest Guerma (International Director of the AMREF), Ester Madudu (Ugandan midwife), Caty Forget (General Manager of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation) and Karine Guldemann (General Manager of the Fondation ELLE).
  • A stand dedicated to “Women for Education” which will showcase the campaign, and hold mini-conferences on the topic of women's health.
  • A signatures campaign to support the nomination of Ester Madudu, a Ugandan midwife, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.