As the third Night of Solidarity is celebrated in Paris, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, one of the event’s actors, wishes to underscore its commitment to solidarity for healthcare.
On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Foundation offers a positive assessment of its actions in favor of reducing inequalities through various programs, focusing on support for the health sector:
- mothers-to-be in low- and middle-income countries
- children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries
- life paths of the most vulnerable communities in France
- families in the event of a health crisis.
"Through its work in raising awareness and training healthcare professionals, the Foundation is constantly trying to reduce inequalities between different populations," explains Valérie Faillat, Head of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "Much remains to be done, but with our increased budget we shall be able to attain our new roadmap’s ambitious goals.”
Since it was created in 2010, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has carried out 40 projects (in 29 countries) in maternal and neonatal health, 64 projects (in 40 countries) in pediatric oncology through the My Child Matters program, and 30 access to healthcare projects in France. With a 40% increase to the budget, which now stands at €21 million euros for the 2019-2021 period, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation plans to increase the number of children cared for by the My Child Matters program. By 2021, it aims at providing care for over 100,000 children, compared to 85,000 in 2019.
In the area of maternal and neonatal health, the Foundation’s Midwives for Life initiative has helped care for 4.5 million women including nearly 1.2 million pregnant women, over the past ten years. To step up the impact of its actions, it is encouraging an approach grounded in field work and focusing on Senegal, Benin and Bangladesh.
Finally, in France, the Foundation is working alongside its 22 partners including Apprentis d'Auteuil, ADSF, La Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis and Ikambéré. The aim is to improve access to healthcare, particularly for women and children, who form an invisible but highly vulnerable population, and make this fully sustainable through collective, interdisciplinary action. The Foundation's ambition is to become the key facilitator in the fight against vulnerability. By 2021, this will involve bringing together a hundred or so actors in a dedicated hub to be known as the “Institute of Vulnerabilities".