Healthcare for Humanitarian Emergencies and Displaced People

In 2013, 312,000 boxes of medicines and 538,000 doses of vaccines were donated by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation to enable access to medical care for 2.85 million people. In 2013, 312,000 boxes of medicines and 538,000 doses of vaccines were donated by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation to enable access to medical care for 2.85 million people. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

In natural disasters or conflicts, health needs pose vital problems and require emergency and post-emergency solutions. To rescue injured, homeless or displaced victims, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation works with NGOs in the field.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2013, the Foundation and its Sanofi affiliates provided emergency aid to nine countries. They include those affected by the crisis in Syria (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq), in China, and in the countries of the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Mozambique and Seychelles) along with donations of medicines and vaccines for 14 countries aiding a total of 2.85 million beneficiaries.

Aiding the civil war-torn population in Bangui

In the Central African Republic, the violence fueled by the political crisis plunged the city into a serious crisis, forcing its inhabitants to flee from physical mistreatment. To respond to health emergencies, the Foundation is currently supporting via the Fund Ready a medical program to provide primary health care to 9,000 residents in three Bangui neighborhoods. Emergency kits were also supplied via the Tulipe association to which the Foundation provided financial support and donations of medicines.

Philippines Solidarity

Typhoon Hayian hit 16 million people in November 2013, causing 6,000 deaths and destroying one million homes. Immediate support from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the generosity of Sanofi employees provided emergency and post-emergency assistance to the victims of one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. This included: establishing mobile clinics, providing medical tents and health kits offering essential care for the wounded.

With Médecins du Monde, activities focused on the island of Leyte to rehabilitate 12 health centers in four districts for about 185,000 people in cooperation with local authorities.

With the French Red Cross, which sent its field teams to the north of the island of Cebu, Sanofi shared in efforts coordinated by the French embassy and helped build health centers.

Humanitarian emergency in South Sudan

Sanofi Espoir Foundation is supporting the AMREF intervention plan to help reduce mortality and morbidity due to sudden injuries resulting from the conflict and to improve the quality of life of survivors. The program aims to step up access to emergency care and surgical services for the war-wounded and displaced persons. This response plan will aid 500 wounded by the end of August 2014 through surgery, emergency care and building capacities to receive and care for patients at these four hospitals.


Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Local government & associations, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups, Médecins du Monde, Red Cross

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Other

Disease(s) Children's Health, General Health, Surgical Care, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Emergency Aid, Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Vaccines

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 10

Country(ies) Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Philippines, Seychelles, Syria

Start Date 2013

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« Experience suggests... humanitarian disasters could have been alleviated by taking appropriate action much earlier, by properly training health workers, explaining dangers better and preparing communities for potential risks. »

Prof. Henri-Jean Philippe, President of Gynécologie Sans Frontières