Within those families in emergency hostel accommodation in the Ile-de-France region, 10% of children aged 6-10 do not attend school. One third are suffering from anaemia. Faced with this pitiful situation, the Parisian humanitarian service SAMU Social was moved to respond, working with the ENGIE Foundation to devise an innovative project: BEEP – the Bus Espace Enfants Parents bus, which tours the emergency hostels in the Ile-de-France region. On board the bus, a mobile nursing team who visit the isolated hostels in the Greater Paris region where families are housed in emergency accommodation.
The BEEP nurses perform health assessments and provide information to people about their entitlement to services, enabling them to obtain medical cover and to set up referrals to doctors and community organisations (PASS, PMI, CPEF).
In 2018, the BEEP carried out:
– 546 family health assessments,
– 484 referrals to healthcare professionals,
– 24 prevention workshops reaching a total of 317 individuals in emergency accommodation,
– 18 screening and vaccination programmes reaching 228 individuals in emergency accommodation,
– 56 women in emergency accommodation receiving partner follow-up for mental and physical health, with a total of 1731 beneficiaries.
Role of the ENGIE Foundation
The Foundation has been a long-standing partner of the Paris SAMU Social since 1994. It has supported the bus project since it launched in 2014. In 2017 for example, the Foundation was able to purchase lighter, more mobile vehicles to replace the outdated bus. In the same year, the Foundation opted to renew its undertaking for a further three years.