Support for victims of the earthquake in the Ya'an region of China

May 28, 2013

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7 hit Sichuan Province on April 20, 2013 particularly affecting the Ya'an region, killing nearly 200 people and leaving 14,000 injured - 1,000 of them seriously. In all, 2.3 million people lost their homes.

90% of homes in the town of Long Meng in Lushan County were destroyed and most of the inhabitants are now living in tents or makeshift shelters.


Sanofi China and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation have decided to continue to support their partner, Handicap International, which has already shown its expertise in previous earthquakes that have affected the region of Sichuan. The action plan will center on providing physical and psychosocial medical aid to the victims.

The needs assessment carried out in late April by Handicap International teams in China showed that some victims would need long-term assistance to minimize the risk of complications and permanent disability. It also identified needs in terms of psychosocial support during the return of the displaced inhabitants to their communities.

Handicap International, working in partnership with the local NGO You & Me Community will operate in two stages over a period of 20 months:

  • The first stage, lasting until the end of 2013, is focused on providing rehabilitation services and support to local hospitals that are already receiving 380 people for surgery following more or less complex fractures.
  • A second 12 month stage focused on monitoring the most severely affected patients in their communities.

The total budget required for the implementation of these actions is estimated at around €200,000 over the next 20 months.

Sanofi China CSR team, together with Handicap International and local NGO partners, went to the epicenter again to get the first hand updated information and tune this project. In May 22, a letter of intent was signed between the project team and local hospitals.