We strive to create healthier futures for generations to come

We are driven by singular purpose, to improve the lives of vulnerable communities by focusing on locally led programs, supporting community-based ideas, and mobilizing collective action.

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Local Action, Global Impact

Impact Report 2023

Sparking Transformative Change

The challenges facing the world are becoming increasingly more complex. An estimated 2.5 billion people have limited access to quality healthcare, and that number will rise as the population continues to grow. It’s time to re-evaluate our partnership with society and rethink how we approach philanthropy to creating a lasting impact. 

Since our launch in 2022, we have made bold strides in helping to address some of the biggest global health crises, particularly for those living in low- and middle-income communities. With a focus on four key commitment areas, our vision is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by listening to those on the frontlines, supporting community-based solutions, and strengthening community health resilience for future generations. It is only through collective action – across sectors and including local voices – that we can make transformative impact.

"By harnessing the power of philanthropy, we are undertaking daring initiatives and uniting forces to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Through Foundation S and the Sanofi Collective, we are serving patients and communities that we would otherwise not be able to reach, and I could not be more pleased with what we have achieved since its inception in 2022.” – Frédéric Oudéa, Chairman, Foundation S – The Sanofi Collective.

We are harnessing the power of collective action to create healthier futures for generations to come. Learn more about the progress we have made and our focus in 2024 and beyond here: Foundation S – the Sanofi Collective – Foundation S is at the forefront of sparking transformative change (foundations-impact2023.com)

Local action, global impact

Local Action, Global Impact

Our transformative journey since 2022

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Local Action, Global Impact: Foundation S Publishes Its First Impact Report

Since 2022, Foundation S has been committed to creating a new model of philanthropy based on the integration of field expertise and collective action to serve the most vulnerable communities. In early 2024, the publication of its first impact report allows us to measure the progress made and to share its vision for the future.

Sleeping Sickness: Leaving No One Behind

Sleeping sickness, or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), is usually fatal without treatment. Transmitted by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, it causes neuropsychiatric symptoms, including aggressiveness, psychosis, a debilitating disruption of sleep patterns, and ultimately, death.

There are two forms of sleeping sickness: T.b, gambiense, the more common variant and T.b. rhodesiense, an acute form of this parasitic disease. While tremendous progress has been made in reducing the number of cases each year, until recently, there had been little innovation in treatment options for patients with the T.b. rhodesiense variant. 

By working in partnership with the World Health Organization and DNDi, we have made tremendous progress in improving treatment outcomes and simplifying treatment delivery. This partnership and our donation of treatments reflects our mission to provide innovative therapies to patients, no matter where they live. We are working towards elimination of sleeping sickness in humans by 2030.

As the world continues to evolve and modernize, vulnerable populations still struggle for equitable access to healthcare.

Today, an estimated 2.5 billion people have limited access to quality healthcare and the number is expected to increase as the worlds’ population will approach 8.5 billion by 2030.  It’s time we re-evaluate our partnership with society and rethink how we approach philanthropy.

Foundation S-The Sanofi Collective was launched by Sanofi in May 2022 with the aim to improve the lives of vulnerable populations by catalyzing community–based solutions and expanding access to medicines. We are committed to four priority areas: childhood cancer, climate change and its impact on health, neglected tropical diseases and humanitarian relief.  But we can’t do it alone.

We believe that through collective action and collaboration, Foundation S can have the greatest impact to help communities around the world. And our Think and Do Tank philosophy is our road map.

  • The “Think Tank” signifies our commitment to work with the right partners to address the greatest health gaps with innovative and transformative ideas.
  • The “Do Tank” turns the ideas into actions, supporting tangible solutions through program funding, cross-sector collaboration and the mobilization of Sanofi’s employees around the world.  

Sustainable impact can only be achieved by working with local communities and strengthening local infrastructure and capacity. Foundations S will also serve as a medium-term incubator for innovative community ideas and projects that align with one of our key commitment areas.

Time to Adapt Action Report

"The Action Report released today highlights the critical importance of putting local communities at the centre of decision making and solutions as we seek to build the necessary resilience to climate change. Our ambition is to advance bold thinking around climate change adaptation, and to fuel continuous learning and improvement as we work towards equitable and inclusive solutions. The time for action is now”. – Professor Alan Dangour, Director of Comate and Health, Wellcome Trust, and Foundation S Climate Council member



Catalyzing Solutions for Community Action

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Catalyzing Solutions for Community Action

Foundation S

A new beginning for change or Reimagining Philanthropy.

Vanina Laurent-Ledru, Head of Foundation S

"We cannot change the world on our own – intelligence of the heart can only be collective. The launch of Foundation S is the culmination of joint ideas and forces. Collaborating with diverse and multicultural partners and our people, the Sanofi Collective combines our energy and expertise to deepen our impact for communities in need."

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