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18 projects to tackle the exodus of medical practitioners
On 12 October 2016, the Crédit Agricole Solidarity and Development Foundation, with support from our subsidiary La Médicale and the Crédit Agricole Mutual Insurance Fund (CAMCA), launched a Call for Projects to promote access to healthcare in rural and urban areas which are affected (or are likely to be affected) by the exodus of medical practitioners.
The aim is to finance organisations or associations developing local or national projects in the public interest. These projects must propose solutions to facilitate access to healthcare for isolated or vulnerable people and improve treatment pathways, etc.
E-health, prevention, mobile treatment initiatives, telemedicine and medical mediation services are just some of the solutions proposed by over 150 projects received from all corners of France, making this first edition a real success. On 1 February, the judges, including representatives of all partners and external members (health professionals, academics, and representatives of the non-profit sector, etc.), selected 18 projects, four of which received Special Mentions. They will share a dedicated budget of €400,000.
The 4 Special Mentions:
• A community health centre by the Marseilles Community Health Centre Project Association, which aims to offer a wide range of high-quality healthcare services (general practitioners and specialists), and also to develop prevention measures for residents of the neighbourhood.
• Socially responsible mobility in Ille et Vilaine by the Pays de Redon Public Interest Grouping. Residents use their own vehicles to aid people in vulnerable situations (due to age, infirmity, social isolation or financial hardship) with their health-related journeys, by taking them from their homes to their destinations.
• A highly mobile online teleconsultation scheme by the Healthcare and Assistance Association for Mulhouse and the Surrounding Area. Nurses travel to patients' homes with an innovative mobile consultation kit that is electronically linked to general practitioners and specialists.
• EducAsthma, the first digital therapeutic education platform for asthmatic children and their parents, developed by iLumens – Paris Descartes University. Using the "Eoscours" virtual simulator, parents with asthmatic children under 5 years of age can practise coping with a severe asthma attack that occurs at home.
This Call for Projects is totally consistent with the commitments to responsibility, utility and solidarity made by Crédit Agricole, which has defined health and successful ageing as one of its four fields of excellence.