Sanofi Pasteur’s global awareness programme for dengue fever, Break Dengue, was announced the winner of the Most Impactful Emerging or Global Initiative award at the eyeforpharma Barcelona Awards.
The decision was made unanimously by a panel of international industry experts and patient advocates. The eyeforpharma Barcelona Awards support pharmaceutical companies who prioritise value for patients and customers.
Break Dengue is a non-profit, open platform that engages with, educates and links together dengue-fighting initiatives worldwide into one, centralised hub.
After analysing worldwide conversations about dengue on Twitter, Sanofi contacted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about a potential worldwide community.
Seven supporting partners from private and public sectors came together to form Break Dengue.
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Eyeforpharma chairman Paul Simms said: "What makes Break Dengue unique is the unprecedented level of partnership coming together as one to fight against a disease against which no prevention or cure currently exists."
In its first week alone, Break Dengue had more than 10,000 Facebook followers, reaching 100,000 after three months.
After a year, the programme had 250,000 followers. The use of social media to connect voices and initiatives worldwide was what struck the judges the most.
Judge Marco Mohwinckel from Janssen Healthcare Innovation said: "This project has a strong mix of successful ingredients: great concept, smart origination, great leverage of social media, significant reach and strong partnership approach."
Winning projects were selected from hundreds of initiatives from Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The winners were determined by an international judging panel of senior industry experts and patient advocates.
Mr Simms said: "Break Dengue is the perfect example of identifying a need for something bigger in the fight for disease awareness, and demonstrates an ideal model which could be replicated for so many other diseases across the globe."