As part of its efforts to promote equality of opportunity in healthcare, and more specifically its “Saving lives” focus, the CNP Assurances Corporate Foundation is launching a new call for projects to support local authorities with less than 10,000 inhabitants that are committed to installing defibrillators and training the public in their use.
More than 50,000 people die every year in France from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In our country, the survival rate of victims of a cardiac arrest is only 5%, compared with 40% in European countries where the population is better trained in life-saving techniques and where all public places are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). A quick reaction thanks to knowledge of first-aid techniques and the use of a defibrillator could save numerous lives.
For 10 years, the CNP Assurances Corporate Foundation has devoted itself to promoting better care of cardiac arrest across the whole country. It has thus already supported the installation of more than 4,500 defibrillators in 3,000 local authorities, as well as public awareness-raising and training programmes in life-saving techniques. The Foundation has played a pioneering role in an area in which legislation has strengthened the obligations of local authorities over the last few years.
For this new call for projects, the Foundation has shifted its focus onto local authorities with less than 10,000 inhabitants. Subject to certain conditions relating to eligibility and after its board of directors has examined the application, the Foundation may provide them with financial support for a defibrillator made available outside or accessible 24/7. The provision of the equipment is necessarily subject to awareness-raising and training programmes in life-saving techniques.
“Improving care following cardiac arrest is everyone’s concern. It is not a medical act, but a civic gesture. As part of its mission to promote equality of opportunity in healthcare, the CNP Assurances Corporate Foundation has played a pioneering role in this area. It continues its commitment today by providing targeted support to regional authorities with less than 10,000 inhabitants, while shifting its focus to training and awareness-raising”, explains Agathe Sanson, Vice-Chair of the CNP Assurances Corporate Foundation.
Applications must be submitted by 30 October 2020.