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The UCB Societal Responsibility Fund was jointly launched by UCB and the King Baudouin Foundation in 2014.

The general objective of the UCB Societal Responsibility Fund is to improve the quality of life and access to neurological care for persons living with epilepsy in resource-poor countries.

The aim is to reduce the social stigma for patients and their families, to facilitate education for health care professionals and communities and to enable people to return to normal social and professional life conditions.

In particular, the UCB Societal Responsibility Fund will support initiatives that will:

  • increase awareness about epilepsy in the general population, health care workers and health authorities
  • improve acceptance of people living with the disease
  • increase the medical and scientific knowledge of health care workers, as well as the capacity of diagnosis
  • enable a possibility of being replicated or scaled-up, as well as those that propose an innovative approach to supporting its objectives.

The governance of this independent fund is managed professionally by an independent, not-for-profit and highly-recognized organization based in Belgium called the King Baudouin Foundation.

The King Baudouin Foundation has been established 35 years ago and has grown internationally through multiple partnerships with similar foundations globally.

Our Fund currently supports the Fracarita Belgium initiative in Lubumbashi (DR of Congo) and Kigali (Rwanda).

Brothers of Charity in the Democratic Republic of Congo and  in Rwanda
This initiative with the Brothers of Charity has added a new dimension to the existing support network of people living with epilepsy who are often stigmatized and shunned by local communities. Physicians, working with the Brothers of Charity are trained to become full neurologists or teaching professors. This is to guarantee continued education of medical and nursing students, as well as access to care for epilepsy patients and their families. Find out more by reading this quick-glance project.

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Governance of the Fund

This independent fund is managed professionally by an independent, not-for-profit and highly-recognized organization based in Belgium called the King Baudouin Foundation. The Foundation has been running for more than 35 years and has grown internationally through partnerships with similar foundations - extending far beyond the borders of Belgium.  It is present in the United States, as well as several European countries, and collaborates with projects in Asia Pacific and Latin American as well.