Tailor-Made physical activities

Sylvie, how did you meet Siel Bleu (Ashoka Fellow)?

I met Siel Bleu at the Making More Health convention in October 2017 in Ingelheim. Siel Bleu presented a successful pilot initiated with Boehringer Ingelheim to assess the efficiency of a multimodal physical activity program for the quality of life of patients with IPF (Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) in Barcelona. Boehringer Ingelheim Spain has extended this partnership and runs it at a national level in seven towns.

Who is Siel Bleu?

Siel Bleu is an NGO based in France, Ireland and Germany. They have developed more than 30  activities for the elderly, people with disabilities, people who suffer chronic diseases and caregivers to improve general physical and psychological well-being through an integrated preventative care program.

What is your project with them?

We have combined our respective areas of expertise to develop a digital platform where patients with IPF can learn more about specific physical activities adapted to their disease, which they can do alone at home or together with a coach. Additionally, the platform contains an online community where the patients can meet and start an exchange with each other. This is especially helpful for people who suffer from IPF, since it is a rare disease and patients do not often have the chance to get in touch with others in their same position. Lots of other opportunities will also be possible in the future.

What are the benefits of this project?

For the patients: tailor-made physical activities for patients with IPF to improve their well-being. For Siel Bleu: further development of their activities and first pilot for a digital patient platform. For Boehringer Ingelheim: establish partnership to develop global beyond-the-pill solutions for patients and show our commitment to bringing value to patients with a broader approach than just medicine.

What would you like to add?

I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the MMH Insights India Week and the MMH convention. Without having participated in these “out-of-the-box” experiences, none of this would have happened. The MMH convention was the catalyst for me to start being active; so many social entrepreneurs sharing their experience, passion and way of seeing the world from a different angle was a source of inspiration. And, of course, at the MMH conference I had the unique chance to meet Siel Bleu!