Key dates and figures

3 permanent staff, 30 volunteers

2678113 euros in donations from 70 member pharmaceutical companies or member’s companies in 2011


Tulipe implements its partnership Framework Agreement, to establish long-term cooperative relationships between it and signatory NGOs, as a way of ensuring that humanitarian aid is provided to recipients in the most appropriate, rapid and effective way possible.


Tulipe became a member of PQMD (The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation), a humanitarian alliance of pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). PQMD’s international network is aimed at developing long-term partnerships between these actors in order to provide a high quality response to the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.


Benoit Gallet took over from Robert Sebbag as president of Tulipe.


The French Health Products Safety Agency (AFSSAPS) recognised Tulipe as a pharmaceutical establishment.


Tulipe was recognised as a charitable organisation and entered into partnership agreements with humanitarian organisation such as Médecins du Monde, Pharmaciens Sans Frontières, Les Oeuvres Hospitalières de l’Ordre de Malte, and the French Red Cross.
As a way of improving the distribution of medicines, the association organised itself in a professional manner.


Requests for humanitarian aid rose sharply due to an increase in the number of political crises and natural disasters, and to Tulipe’s growing reputation.
To enlarge its field of action, Tulipe modified its articles of association and recruited a number of permanent staff. The Leem (ex-SNIP) funded the association’s first salaried pharmacist.


Robert Sebbag was appointed president of Tulipe, a position he would hold for 20 years.


Tulipe became the official interface for companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the field in emergency situations.
The system of ready to use tin trunks-medicine kits that were available in a very short time frame was established.


Tulipe was created in response to a genuine need: international humanitarian aid lacked the medicines and medical-surgical equipment it needed to perform its mission.
It was in the troubled context of Poland in the early 1980s, on the brink of war, that the Syndicat National de l’Industrie Pharmaceutique (SNIP) decided to set up Tulipe (Transfert d’Urgence de l’Industrie PharmaceutiquE-Emergency Transfers by the Pharmaceutical Industry), under the presidency of Pierre Joly.
Its mission was to provide support in the form of medicines and medical-surgical equipment, and any other product that would help protect the health of populations in distress.

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