Millwood, VA, July 2, 2014

Project HOPE, an international health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has received $32 million-worth of donated medicines from the Sanofi Foundation for North America to aid the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the heaviest rainfall in 120 years of recorded weather measurements brought devastating floods to the region in May.

The donated medicines have already departed Project HOPE’s distribution center in the United States and are en route via shipping container to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The majority of the donation, valued at about $30 million, consists of more than 90,000 Auvi-Q® auto-injectors (epinephrine injection, USP).  Sanofi US also donated a combined $2 million-worth of Lasix® (furosemide) and Amaryl® (glimepiride).

“Project HOPE is deeply grateful to the Sanofi Foundation for North America for generously providing much-needed medicines to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina whose resources will be severely strained as they begin rebuilding their health infrastructure, which was severely damaged by the recent flooding,” said John P. Howe III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE. 

“The Sanofi Foundation for North America is pleased to be able to provide these drugs to help the flood victims. Sanofi US is committed to providing access to our drugs to underserved communities, particularly in times of disaster,” said John Spinnato, President, Sanofi Foundation for North America and Vice President North America Corporate Social Responsibility.

Project HOPE first provided donated medicines and medical supplies to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992 in response to the Bosnian War which devastated the region.  The organization subsequently refurbished or built more than 30 primary health care clinics and provided training in family medicine to health professionals in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. 

Project HOPE continues to ship donated, high-quality medicines, medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and health clinics in Bosnia and Herzegovina through its ongoing Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program to improve the quality of patient care.

About Project HOPE

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.

About the Sanofi Foundation for North America

The Sanofi Foundation for North America makes it possible to provide no cost medication to qualified patients who do not have insurance coverage in the U.S. and for disaster relief globally. The Foundation also provides monetary support to, and partners with, charities and 501(c)(3) organizations and other entities that are strategically aligned with its mission, particularly access to health care.

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