Since 2015, in light of the urgency of the situation of the migrants in Calais, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has supported the long-term actions set up by its partners Médecins du Monde and Gynecologie Sans Frontières (Gynecology without Borders) to help these vulnerable populations living in extreme difficulty.
Due to the escalation of conflicts and violence in the Middle East and in some African countries, the number of exiled people in the Nord Pas de Calais camps rose from 400 to 8,000 in six months.
To support these thousands of people, the French authorities established the Jules Ferry center in April 2015 which includes a day-care service, medical center and accommodation service for helpless women and children. To support this still-insufficient facility, NGO emergency response specialists are working on the ground.
The "Migrants Coastal Mission organized by Médecins du Monde
Médecins du Monde has been operating in the Nord Pas de Calais since 2005 in order to improve access to health or the migrant populations by informing them of their rights and guiding them when necessary to public health facilities.
The NGO has set up a mobile clinic to extend the activities of the Jules Ferry center, and offers medical and psychosocial counseling, nursing, physical accompaniment to PASS and emergency services and basic drug delivery. In 2015, 11,000 consultations were carried out.
MDM also helps improve the living conditions of migrants by building temporary shelters, latrines and showers, as well as distributing humanitarian equipment (hygiene kits, sleeping bags, tents, etc.).
Aid to women and children with Gynécologie sans frontières
There are about 1,000 women and children in the camps in an extremely vulnerable situation due to rape, female prostitution, and childbirth and abortions without specialized medical and psychological care.
Gynécologie sans frontières is tasked with contacting these migrant women during night rounds or due to their attendance at the PASS, or the shelter for women and children at the Jules Ferry center. The organization acts on obstetric care, victims of violence, and gynecological care in vulnerable areas, providing primary care and a medical-psychological and social care for women and children who are extremely vulnerable in these camps, and can suffer from violence, as well as existing injuries. The association has also set up discussion groups on contraception and sexuality. Since November 2015, it has handled 450 consultations and tracked 55 pregnant women.