Total Foundation at glance in 2015
The Total Foundation’s public engagement focuses on four key areas: culture, solidarity, health and marine biodiversity. The foundation supports projects developed with its partners (non-profits, institutions and NGOs) as well as community initiatives run by non-profit organizations in which Total employees participate on a personal and voluntary basis.
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Focus on child health with Pasteur
Marshalling a community of researchers, hospital doctors and nurses who work closely with local populations for the advancement of science and medicine: this shared project, in operation for 10 years, has made the Total Foundation the Institut Pasteur’s most pragmatic sponsor. With a focus on improving child health, this partnership develops research and public health programs. In the Central African Republic, for example, one program created techniques for identifying the causes of severe child diarrhea. Other programs are supported in Cameroon (early diagnosis of HIV), Niger (meningitis and respiratory infections) and Senegal (resistance to antibiotics).
The social component, which involves training nurses and advising mothers, is an integral part of the program. From 2015-2017, the projects will work even more closely with local communities and foster interdisciplinary and international collaborations, some of which will bring together African and Asian teams. A stimulating South-South cooperative venture!
Bonn, Amsterdam & Paris: a gallery of African sculptors
As a way to promote the cultures of countries where Total Group operates, the Total Foundation is supporting the exhibition “Côte d’Ivoire Master Sculptors”, on display from April 14 to July 26, 2015 at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, after showings in Bonn and Amsterdam.
The exhibition puts an emphasis on the artistic rather than ritual aspect of the works and shows the central place of Ivorian sculpture in art history. It highlights, for example, the technical qualities and aesthetic power of wooden sculptures from West Africa, mainly Côte d’Ivoire, as part of an itinerary retracing the region’s major styles.
The Total Foundation, the major patron of the Musée du quai Branly, supported this initiative as part of its ongoing efforts to promote African culture, including these previous exhibitions: “African Presence” and “Artists of Abomey”, 2009-2010, “Congo River”, 2010, “Dogon”, 2011, “Nigeria: Arts of the Benue Valley”, 2012-2013 and “Ivory secrets, the art of the Lega of central Africa”, 2013-2014.