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French firm pledges commitment to local health sector

16 October 2014, 06:58Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Sanofi, the leading international healthcare company, has restated its commitment to sustain its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in Nigeria as a way to further demonstrate its avowed commitment to the wellness of local citizens.

Officials said this was in line with the French-based company’s corporate strategy focusing on the patient access to healthcare and safety.

Head of Public Affairs, Sanofi North East Africa, Dimeji Agbolade, at a summit, revealed the company’s several initiatives including the health of children through its Healthy Children initiative, prevention of malaria, maternal and infant mortality, tuberculosis, epilepsy, mental disorders and the fight against non-communicable diseases and more specifically diabetes and hypertension.

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“Our involvement in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is multifaceted and spread across disease prevention, training of healthcare workers to handles cases as well as easing access to quality healthcare and reducing health inequalities around the world. We are also a major player in the campaign against counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry. A further demonstration of our commitment is evident in our partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. We are also a genuine partner in the fight against and elimination of sleeping sickness by 2020,” he said.

While noting the rising cases of cancer, particularly childhood cancers in developing countries, Agbolade stated that Sanofi was involved in 19 projects aimed at controlling cancer among children in 16 African countries.

 “Sanofi Pasteur is the world vaccine leader and has the most extensive range of vaccines, which help prevent20 infectious diseases including rabies, seasonal flu and meningitis. Since 2002, we have trained over 1, 200 healthcare professionals in vaccinology and prevention through programmes deployed in 11 Africa countries.

“We are also committed to eradicating Maternal and Infant Mortality through our Stand Up For African Mothers initiative. Sanofi Espoir Foundation, in partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), contributes to the Stand Up For Africa Mothers platform in 2010.Today 5 000 midwives are trained in a bid to eradicate mother and infant mortality in Africa,” he concluded.

– CAJ News


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