Total Foundation at a glance in 2014
African artists open to the world
Whether it is in the visual arts, dance or theatre, the influence of African artists is growing all the time. Since 2012, the Total Foundation has been supporting training and the international careers of young African choreographers recruited by the Ballet Preljocaj, a major player in contemporary dance. The program has been supported by Group entities in Senegal and Burkina Faso. In 2013, the Foundation joined forces with Total E&P Congo to support Dieudonné Niangouna, an artist associated with the Avignon Festival.
“Présence africaine”: a past and a future
The “Présence africaine” exhibition, created by the Quai Branly museum in Paris, attracted several thousand visitors when it was on show at the University of Dakar in Senegal, in spring 2011. With support from the French Institute, the Total Foundation financed the exhibition’s 2013 tour to Saint-Louis, Kaolak and Ziguinchor before it returned to Dakar. Its impact on young Africans was discussed at an international round table at the Quai Branly museum. Other events and international tours are in preparation.
Fighting against mother-infant transmission of HIV/AIDS
How to protect infants who were born from HIV-positive mothers?
Researchs led in Yaoundé since 2007 by the Pasteur Institute and ANRS* have helped identifying innovative preventive treatments. Led in three hospitals of Yaoundé and Douala, where more than 1,000 children benefit from medical surveillance from the day they were born to their fifth birthday, these programs are based on a medical and social follow-up of the children and families, as well as on a specific training for health care personnel. The Total Foundation, as part of its partnership with the Pasteur Institute, supported this initiative and another programme designed to enhance in the long-term the welcoming of new borns who have been exposed to HIV/AIDS.
*Agence nationale de recherche sur le sida et les hépatites virales.