How the Covid-19 Pandemic Changed the AP-HP Foundation
While COVID-19 caused a lot of uncertainty, one extraordinary result was the outpouring of generosity. The pandemic helped the AP-HP Foundation gain more visibility, and more supporters.
From private donations to crowdfunding, 45 million euros (over $50 million U.S. dollars) were collected to fund COVID-19 research and create respite areas for hospital staff members who were facing the pandemic challenges head on.
While the respite areas were critical to maintain the hospital staff’s mental and physical health during the height of the crisis, the pandemic didn’t cause the need – it exposed an existing need, and the response will be continued and improved upon in the future.
Health Has No Borders
The COVID-19 pandemic reminded us all that health has no borders. While AP-HP services patients in France, the impact of its medical innovation is worldwide.
Thanks to Friends of Fondation de France, U.S. donors are now able to support specific AP-HP Foundation projects of international importance – such as the development of the Institute for Child and Adolescent Developmental Pathologies (French acronym: IDEAL) which will advance child psychiatry specialties.
With a fundraising goal of 21 million euros (nearly $36 million U.S. dollars) on a total budget of 36 million euros (over $40 million U.S. dollars), AP-HP is looking to create IDEAL by 2025 at the Armand-Trousseau AP-HP hospital (Central Paris).
IDEAL’s ambition is to regroup all child psychiatric services within a leading European health center, creating a best-in-class environment for both patients and health professionals. IDEAL will foster medical and academic synergies, particularly with the teams of neonatology, neuropediatrics, emergency services, specific medical care for teens, and clinical genetics.
While the creation of IDEAL will certainly advance child psychiatry, it will also humanize the care of patients as well as structure clinical research as closely to their needs as possible.
Innovative Services, Innovative Philanthropy
The AP-HP Foundation not only supports groundbreaking medical research, care, and facilities, but innovates through its model of philanthropy.
Supporters of the AP-HP Foundation can donate directly to a specific team, patient project, or research endeavor for a particular purpose such as new equipment, new wards or facilities, and even staffing for research.
While other medical facilities limit their scope in research, AP-HP is committed to all types of research (fundamental, applied, clinical, observational) in all fields (oncology, diabetes, rare diseases, etc.) to ensure access to healthcare for all.
As we continue to look at building a brighter world for generations to come, Friends of Fondation de France is more committed than ever to helping innovative models like the AP-HP Foundation.