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Sanofi revamps its philanthropic efforts and launches the S Foundation’s “think and do tank” – Endpoints News

Sanofi strengthens its philanthropic commitment with the brand new S Foundation — The Sanofi Collective. The new organization encompasses the Sanofi Espoir Foundation – “hope” means hope in French – adopting a new economic model with more flexibility and a “think and do tank” structure.

The think-and-do model includes a traditional think tank with an external committee of experts to guide the foundation’s roadmap, but also an operational “do tank” branch that will work to lend and deploy the expertise of Sanofi employees when and where it is needed.

The S Foundation’s annual budget is 10 million euros, but that’s just the beginning, said the head of the philanthropic group, Vanina Laurent-Ledru. The legal structure allows the S Foundation to work with Sanofi for additional donations of drugs and vaccines, for example.

This is exactly what happened in Ukraine, where the S Foundation intervened at the start of the war, promising 5 million euros to partner groups, including the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), but also by donating 22 million euros of medicines and vaccines. provided by Sanofi.

“This new model allows us to be agile, to respond proactively to humanitarian needs and to go beyond emergency aid,” Laurent-Ledru said. “…I want to be able to focus beyond those first 24 or 48 hours or even a week of immediate emergency and make sure that we at Foundation S can also help vulnerable populations who find themselves stranded in humanitarian need and we will have a particular focus on displaced populations.

The S Foundation officially made its debut on Wednesday – with a launch celebration in Paris that included partners and colleagues – however, it has been up and running since February 1 with its work in Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine is an example of the S Foundation’s mission to serve vulnerable populations – one of three areas of focus for the new philanthropic endowment fund. The other two targets are children’s health and climate change.

In the area of ​​child health, Sanofi Espoir’s “My Child Matters” childhood cancer program began in 2005 and is now part of the S Foundation, continuing this effort to provide financial and of medical expertise in Africa. He plans to expand awareness and research to more countries to support and adopt the World Health Organization’s goal of a 60% survival rate for childhood cancer worldwide. Currently, the rate is only 20% in low- and middle-income countries, and a much higher 80% in the United States, Europe and other developed countries.

As part of its climate change efforts, the S Foundation is launching two new projects to begin with the first already underway in Bangladesh, in partnership with the NGO Friendship, to provide a floating hospital and satellite clinics with workers health in the changing and often flooded islands of Gaibandha. The second development effort will concern the 3.8 million people – mostly women and children – who die each year from household air pollution caused by cooking with charcoal and wood fires.

In explaining the work and mission of the S Foundation, Laurent-Ledru underlined the importance of partnerships.

“You need the expertise of these humanitarian relief NGOs, international organizations, NGOs that specialize in shipping medicines and vaccines directly to people,” she said, adding “We want make sure we reach people down to the last mile where we know we’ll never have that expertise on the ground and have to rely on others. What we can do, though, is make sure we let’s maximize the speed, let’s maximize our understanding of these issues.