Sanofi Group and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation Support Victims of the Syrian Conflict

October 18, 2012

© UNICEF - Alessio Romenzi

Since the Syrian conflict began 18 months ago, more than 31,000 people - mostly civilians – have been killed in attacks in the country, according to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). More than 300,000 people have fled their country to seek refuge in four neighboring host countries: Turkey (nearly 93,500 refugees), Iraq (33,700), Lebanon (80,800) and Jordan (103,488).

The biggest refugee camp is located is the north of Jordan on the Syrian-Jordanian border. The number of refugees in the Zaatari camp has risen from 4,000 refugees on August 10 2012 to 30,000 today.

Women represent 70% of the refugees, including pregnant women, abused women and children.

This is the humanitarian crisis background to the Sanofi Group and Sanofi Espoir Foundation’s decision to help displaced people by providing support to their specialist emergency partners.

The Foundation is providing financial support to UNICEF for its care program in the Zaatari camp

The aim is to meet the priority needs of refugee children, particularly by running a vaccination campaign. The first step will be to vaccinate 228,000 children aged under five.

In addition to the camps in Syria’s neighboring countries, UNICEF has reached an agreement with the Syrian government to expand its humanitarian aid in the country, which could save tens of thousands of lives.

This agreement will extend UNICEF’s partnership with forty civil society organizations in Syria and the Syrian Red Crescent. UNICEF has opened a representative office in the port city of Tartus and is in discussions with the authorities to open another office in the city of Homs, the scene of the bloodiest clashes pour civilians since the start of the conflict in Syria.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is also committed to help Gynaecology Without Borders, which has been supporting the health of refugee Syrian women in the Zaatari camp since August 2012

The association’s main actions involve monitoring pregnant women, gynecological emergencies, sexual assault, and of course help during deliveries: there were about 40 consultations and 1-2 deliveries per day in September 2012.

In addition to financial support, the Foundation supports the Tulipe association with donations of medication for emergency kits

During the Syrian crisis, 42 emergency kits (2.3 tons of medication) were sent in July to the Solidarité Syrie NGO. In September, another six emergency kits were made available to Gynaecology Without Borders and carried by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Emergency kits include medicines manufactured by Sanofi.

Sanofi Subsidiaries rally to the cause

  • The Jordanian subsidiary has donated basic medicines (antibiotics, intestinal antiseptics, gastric protectors and anticoagulants) to the Jordan Health Aid Society to help Syrian refugees in Jordan.
  • Sanofi Turkey has donated 15,000 boxes of medicines to the Turkish Ministry of Health: paranox (paracetemol), Lasix tb (furosime) and Lasix amp (furosime).

Sanofi’s presence in Syria

The Sanofi subsidiary has 32 people and 15 of them live in a very complex security situation. One colleague recently lost his home during the attacks.

In this difficult context, our hearts go out to them and their families.