Acting for health in southern countries
The Pierre Fabre Foundation is working to enable people in developing countries to have better access to medicines and quality care. Its four areas of intervention are the training of health professionals, the fight against sickle cell disease, access to quality care and dermatology in a tropical environment. In 2018, it conducts 32 programs in 15 countries, in Africa, Southeast Asia, Lebanon and Haiti.
The Pierre Fabre Foundation is also the main shareholder of the Pierre Fabre Group, at 86%. This organization, unique in France at this level of commitment, makes it possible to endow the Foundation with sustainable means to finance its action, while ensuring the independence of the group. The Pierre Fabre Foundation is not involved in the operational management of the group.
- Fight against sickle cell disease (Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, DRC, Madagascar, Cameroon, Congo, Haiti)
The world's leading genetic disease, sickle cell disease particularly affects Africa, with an estimated 300,000 births of sick children per year. Without care, it is estimated that half of them will die before the age of five. As the world's leading player in the fight against this disease in the South, the Foundation is involved in the development of local medical facilities and conducts screening, care, training of health personnel and awareness programs for the population. She is also involved in clinical research and international advocacy for a better understanding of the disease.
- Training of drug professionals (Togo, Madagascar)
Being able to rely on their own drug specialists is an invaluable factor of progress for the countries of the South. This is why the Foundation is involved in training pharmacists in Madagascar and Togo. It is involved in the construction and renovation of classrooms and practical work, improving curricula, training of trainers and funding scholarships.
- Global south eHealth observatory
Aware of the opportunities offered by new technologies, the Foundation created in 2016 the Global south eHealth observatory, a reference platform that identifies, documents and supports e-health initiatives that aim to improve access to care for the poorest. Since 2016, 18 projects have been awarded and supported. Each year, the Pierre Fabre Foundation organizes an international conference to bring together the experts and actors of the sector and present their prize to the Observatory's laureates.
- Dermatology in a tropical environment (Tanzania, Malawi, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso)
With an average prevalence rate of 30%, skin diseases are a public health problem in Southern countries that are totally neglected by local and international health authorities. The Pierre Fabre Foundation invests in Mali, Togo and Mauritania in the implementation of teledermatology, which provides access to diagnosis and treatment despite the lack of specialists. Since 2016, faced with the scale of the health problems related to albinism in Africa, it develops in Tanzania, Malawi and Mali programs of prevention and early treatment of skin cancers for people with albinism.
Mandated by the federal government, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports basic science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and the engineering sciences. The SNSF is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation and finances over 3,200 projects involving 14,800 researchers each year. In 2014, it allocated CHF 849 million to these projects.
In close collaboration with higher education institutions and other partners, the SNSF strives to create optimal conditions for the development and international integration of Swiss research. It pays particular attention to the promotion of young researchers. In addition, it accepts evaluation mandates to ensure that large Swiss research initiatives funded by third parties deliver the highest scientific quality.
The prime focus of the SNSF's international activities is to remove obstacles to international co-operation and facilitate cross-border collaboration between research groups.
At the heart of the SNSF's activities are the added value that international co-operation represents for Swiss research and the needs of researchers. The SNSF is therefore pursuing two main goals:
- raise scientific capacities in developing and transition countries to an international level and give Swiss researchers access to research groups in those countries
- support existing co-operation with emerging, industrialised and European countries, facilitate new initiatives and secure access to European Framework Programmes and other international research programmes for Swiss researchers
The SNSF has published a strategy paper on its international co-operation policies.