October 13th: Official launch of the “Stand up for African mothers” campaign

Sanofi Espoir Foundation, partner of the “STAND UP FOR AFRICAN MOTHERS” campaign, launched on October 2011, at the Women’s Forum, in Deauville (France)

October 28, 2011


“What if we all stand up for African mothers?” was the theme of the press conference and debates, that brought together Véronique Morali (President of the Women’s Forum), Dr. Christine Ondoa (Minister of Heath of the Republic of Uganda), Claude Mocorgé (Former President of Médecins du Monde), Teguest Guerma (International Manager of AMREF), Ester Madudu (midwife from Uganda), Caterina Murino (actress, Ambassadress of AMREF), Karine Guldemann (Managing Director of ELLE Foundation) and Caty Forget (Managing Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation).

The Fondation ELLE and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation are partners with AMREF in the field, especially in Uganda, Senegal and South Sudan and came together to demonstrate their support for this campaign that will improve maternal and child health in Africa over the long term. On this occasion, Janet Museveni, the First Lady of the Republic of Uganda wished to call on other African First Ladies, leaders and citizens to rally round and give their support.

“Stand up for African mothers”, initiated by the AMREF, first African public health NGO, has the objective to reduce maternal mortality in Africa by 25%, by training 30,000 midwives by 2015. The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is committed to training 11,000 of them in Uganda. This campaign also aims to support the highly symbolic candidature of the African midwife Ester Madudu, for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of all African midwives.

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