Groupama Health Foundation
Founded in 2000 in the Group's 100th year, the Groupama Health Foundation's objectives are to fight against rare diseases and provide support to patients. Since its creation, the Foundation has devoted nearly 9 million euros to fund 29 research grants and 500 projects benefiting 160 patient associations.
Making a commitment to restore hope
The ambition of the Groupama Health Foundation is to restore hope for patients and their families.
A strong conviction, driven by a triple fight:
Acting to facilitate the diagnosis of 7,000 identified rare diseases, helping alleviate the isolation of affected individuals and their families, in partnership with patient associations, and supporting research on little-known pathologies.
More than 550 projects supported
Since its creation, the Groupama Health Foundation has devoted nearly 9 million euros to fund more than 550 projects.
Information projects: the Groupama Health Foundation helps associations communicate by funding, for example, their publications or website. The Foundation also organises many conferences and, in 2009, created the “Espoirs” collection of works on rare illnesses.
Research projects: the Foundation provides constant support for research through grants to young doctoral candidates for their three years of thesis preparation. To date, 29 researchers have received a grant from the Foundation.
Projects for patients: Groupama assists patients and their families each day through support for hospitalised children, help with education in a hospital setting, and purchases of computer equipment to promote independence for those who are sick.
For greater proximity and effectiveness, these concrete actions are carried out in partnership with patient associations, the medical profession, healthcare organisations and public authorities within a true network of solidarity.
Imagining new modes of action
To stay as close as possible to patient expectations and research needs, the Groupama Foundation innovates and invents new modes of action. In the field of research, doctoral candidates supported by the Foundation are offered the opportunity to join the “Club des espoirs”, a structure created to strengthen the ties between researchers and the Foundation throughout their career.
New initiatives are also being implemented in patient care.
For example, a project to provide remote assistance to patients over the telephone by psychologists familiar with the disease is under way with the “Friedreich’s ataxia” and “Connaître les syndromes cérébelleux” associations.
In 2015, the Foundation developed its social innovation award to support innovative initiatives that mark a significant step forward or a breakthrough in improving the situation of people with rare diseases and their families.