En route to Mission Dengue

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A team, made up of three employees from different Sanofi Pasteur sites in France, will travel to Indonesia from March 13th to 17th as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to ‘be a wall against dengue’.

During these 5 days, they will meet doctors and patients and live out Sanofi’s commitment to public health. They will interact with those affected by the condition, share knowledge, and gain a better understanding of how we can all ‘be a wall against dengue’.

 

Meet and follow the #MissionDengue team

The team is made up of Christophe Lenoir, head of the distribution and lyophilization working groups at Val-de-Reuil; Fleurine Pélissier, a laboratory technician in the M-Tech team who has worked on Sanofi’s dengue project since 2007; and Anabelle Monnet, the Regulatory Product Manager for dengue at Marcy-l’Étoile.

The three hope the study tour will help them to better understand the day-to-day impact their work has in Indonesia.

“’Mission Dengue’ makes my commitment concrete,” says Christophe Lenoir. “Thanks to this trip, I will no longer see just a vial, but a living product that brings hope to an entire population – and that gives meaning to our work, and to the collective effort we’ve made.”

 

Fleurine Pélissier agrees: “I’m just a humble link in the chain of employees mobilized over the years to help fight dengue. But it’s those very links that made it possible to complete a project with such a broad scope.”

 

For Anabelle Monnet, the trip is the culmination of a long-term commitment to fighting dengue. She started her professional career with a malaria research internship at Senegal’s Pasteur Institute, before going on to work on dengue strains in 2001.

“I’ve spent nearly 10 of my 14 working years on this project,” she says. “I’m very proud to see the project succeed. It’s less and less common to be able to take part in a project that addresses such a significant public health problem.”

 

They will meet colleagues in Indonesia, where Sanofi has worked since 1956, and, in addition to using the trip to inform their own work, they will share their experiences with colleagues worldwide.

You can follow the team on the ground in Indonesia via Facebook and Twitter from March 6th to 23rd using the hashtag #MissionDengue, as well as on corporate social networks via Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

PHOTO CARTE JAKARTA

 

The burden of dengue fever in Indonesia

With 250 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. Its tropical climate means its weather is particularly suited to the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue.

According to the World Health Organization, dengue affects Indonesia more seriously than any other country in South-East Asia, and costs the local economy nearly $US 320 million each year. More than 130,000 cases are diagnosed annually, although this number is believed to be much higher as a result of chronic under-reporting.

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