The following is an excerpt from a press release from Sanofi. Read the press release in its entirety here.
Sanofi and Sobi™, together with the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and WFH USA, announced an extension of their support of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program with an additional donation of up to 500 million IUs of factor therapy for humanitarian use, fulfilling the 2014 pledge to donate up to an unprecedented 1 billion IUs over a ten-year period. Since the initial pledge to donate their medicine to the program, over 450 million IUs have been provided and over 17,200 people with hemophilia have been treated with factor donated by Sanofi and Sobi between 2015 and 2019. Additionally, the companies will continue to provide financial support for initiatives such as treatment, access and education programs for a period up to five years.
“Through this partnership with Sanofi and Sobi, our Founding Visionary Contributors, we have been able to significantly expand the reach of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program, which is leading to a paradigm shift in the management of hemophilia in areas with limited or no access to treatment and care,” said Alain Baumann, Chief Executive Officer, World Federation of Hemophilia. “With their continued support, we are confident that people with hemophilia in these countries will continue to receive much needed treatment that is both predictable and sustainable – the foundation of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program. Our vision at WFH is treatment for all.”Â
The WFH Humanitarian Aid Program has over the years made significant improvements in providing access to care. A predictable supply of factor therapy is essential to improving treatment and care. In addition, education programs for treaters and patients are critical initiatives helping to develop in-country capacities to improve diagnosis and treatment monitoring; all of which are needed to create a sustainable treatment environment which lead to better outcomes for patients. Sanofi and Sobi’s continued support of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program for up to five more years, provides for a potential total contribution up to 1 billion IUs of extended half-life factor therapy for a period up to ten years, with the continued opportunity to address the treatment gap and raise the standard of care in the developing world.Â
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