The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is participating in the 4th edition of the National Humanitarian Conference organized on March 22, 2018 by the crisis unit of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with which we signed a collaboration agreement for responding to health crises at the end of 2017.
130 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance.
2/3 of these crises last more than 10 years.
The epidemics that develop during these crises require unprecedented healthcare actions.
Over and above attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, depriving people of health care, including civilians, is increasingly being used by parties in conflicts as a weapon of war.
There are growing needs but a lack of resources to address them. We need "more" but we above all "better".
There is certainly an urgent need to control and prevent future pandemics, but we also need to become more effective, by developing the capacities and resilience of countries and populations. We should change our own indicators and look at things from a different angle: instead of counting the number of people cared for or relieved, it would be better to measure how far these populations have become empowered (e.g. the number of people who have been able to integrate into the community). We should promote sustainable crisis management and break down "humanitarian"/"development" silos so as to better address post-crisis vulnerability, improve resilience, and develop more local players.
Cost transparency and developing local players is one of the challenges of delivering on efficiency. It is essential to ensure that the majority of funding goes to recipients and to limit losses due to local subcontracting by global players. Another issue is data collection. Research and science both have a role to play here.
No player is truly relevant if they act alone. We must work together, pool our data, share as much as possible, look at each other's positioning, and do no harm. This requires combined actions. Working in a network, or in synergy and complementarity does not mean merging, but it should make it possible to deliver a significant and lasting impact.