Servier signs agreement with non-profit association La Chaîne de l’Espoir and announces creation of the Mécénat Servier endowment fund
Suresnes, France – 8 November, 2016
Today, the Servier Group, which has always been involved in philanthropic initiatives, is formalising its commitment to sponsor these initiatives with the creation of the Mécénat Servier endowment fund. Its aim is to sponsor projects related to health, innovation and creation, in both France and abroad, based on values it cherishes, especially education and community. Its partnership with La Chaîne de l’Espoir is the first illustration of this.
The partnership between Servier and La Chaîne de l’Espoir is the culmination of an ongoing joint project, with the financial backing of Servier, which resulted in the setting up of a cardiology department at Phnom Penh Hospital in Cambodia. Today, Servier and La Chaîne de l’Espoir, which share the same values and expertise in the field of cardiology, are signing a new 3-year agreement for the training of local medical and administrative teams at the Dakar Cuomo Cardiopaediatric Centre in Senegal, which will open in January.
This ambitious project will help address the extreme lack of suitable healthcare for children with heart problems in the region. The Cuomo Centre will not only extend cardiological treatment and heart surgery to children in Senegal, but also throughout West Africa which, up until now, has been totally devoid of this type of facility. In Africa, 30,000 children have serious heart disease and nearly 1000 children are born each year with congenital heart disease requiring specialised treatment.
The project has 3 main aspects: construction, equipment and training. The 2,200 square metre centre, scheduled to open at the end of 2016, will contain technical equipment for new emergency, in-patient and out-patient departments. In addition to the centre itself, Servier will also fund training, by Chaîne de l’Espoir’s most qualified personnel, of teams of local practitioners in specific techniques of cardiac surgery. Moreover, administrative teams will be trained to manage the centre with the aim of achieving financial sustainability. Support will be provided until these teams are ready to work on their own.
Finally, a children’s home will be added to the centre so that the children from the poorest families can receive both medical care and social support.
“Mécénat Servier” is another way of embodying the Group’s values on a day-to-day basis. Dare to innovate, care, grow by sharing, commit to succeed … and build the world of tomorrow”, Olivier Laureau, CEO of the Servier Group
“Mécénat Servier’s mission is in perfect harmony with La Chaîne de l’Espoir’s values of sharing medical know-how. Its support is essential for the long-term success of its programs.” Professor Alain Deloche, President of La Chaîne de l’Espoir
Servier is an international pharmaceutical company governed by a non-profit Foundation and headquartered in France. With a strong international presence in 148 countries and a turnover of 3.9 billion euros in 2015, Servier employs over 21,200 people worldwide. Corporate growth is driven by Servier’s constant search for innovation in five areas of excellence: cardiology, oncology, metabolism, neuropsychiatry and rheumatology, as well as by its activities in high quality generic drugs. Being completely independent, the Group reinvests 25% of Servier’s products turnover in Research and Development, and all its profits in its growth.
About La Chaîne de l’Espoir
La Chaîne de l’Espoir, which means “Chain of Hope”, is a French association that helps underprivileged children. Since 1994, it has been working across the globe to give children access to healthcare and education. The association was created by Professor Alain Deloche. Today, it is chaired by Dr Eric Cheysson.
Facts and figures:
100,000 children in healthcare programs each year
5,000 children operated on each year
11,000 children in education programs each year
200 international assignments carried out each year
250 medical and paramedical volunteers per year
300 host families throughout France
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