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19 Apr, 2024

Rallying for dignity: Unapei launches national petition for improved healthcare in France

Graphic with text calling for action on age, disability, exclusion issues with a hashtag "#jesonnealalarme" and a megaphone icon, urging to sign a petition. background is red.

For months, COFACE Disability Platform, Unapei, and other solidarity and healthcare associations have voiced concerns about the conditions of non-profit establishments and services implementing French State and local government policies. Alongside Uniopss (National Interfederal Union of Non-Profit Health and Social Organizations), of which Unapei is a member, they refuse to accept the ongoing lack of decisive action that undermines essential daily support services. Therefore, they are launching a national petition titled “For Dignified Support: Together, Let’s Raise Awareness!” Endorsed by Unapei president Pascale Ribes, it urges every citizen to join us in advocating for solidarity and healthcare.

As French public budgets face reductions in 2024 and anticipate further cuts in 2025, it’s evident that nonprofit organisations are struggling to fulfill their missions. Testimonies abound: France currently fails to provide dignified support to those in need – be it elderly individuals losing autonomy, people with disabilities, children in need of protection, or homeless individuals lacking shelter and assistance. Patients wait for essential medical care.

Experienced daily by citizens, nonprofit actors, and professionals, this lack of decisive action is unacceptable. At every stage of life, we are all vulnerable, making this issue relevant to each of us – whether for ourselves, a family member, a colleague, or a neighbor.

Together with Uniopss, Unapei is launching a petition, “For Dignified Support: Let’s Sound the Alarm Together.” It urges everyone to take action, including pushing for these topics to be discussed in the social life councils of establishments.

Through this petition, Unapei calls for resources to match needs, ambitious measures to uplift social and healthcare professionals, and comprehensive assessments at the local level involving all stakeholders.

You can sign the petition here (FR).

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