France, a key actor of global health
Over the past 15 years, France has been an active supporter of global health and human development through its unconditional support of policies of international cooperation and solidarity.
France’s global health policy is structured around two priorities: the fight against communicable diseases and maternal and child health.
The country has thus been actively involved in combatting epidemics and vector borne diseases while also taking part in the improvement of reproductive, sexual, maternal, and child health. To this effect, France is the second largest financial contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the first contributor to UNITAID, which works on innovative financing options to lower drug prices, increasing in turn the Global Fund’s impact.
More information on France’s global health policy: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/health-education-gender/health/
The Global Fund: France’s contribution to the Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, created in 2002, is a global institution whose mission is to collect and allocate additional resources for the prevention and treatment of these three pandemics.
Since the Fund’s creation, France has provided over €3.8 billion to the institution, representing some 13% of its entire resources.
In June of 2016, François Hollande announced that the country would maintain a €1.8 billion contribution over the next three years. France remains de facto the first European contributor, sending a strong signal to other countries.
For more information on France’s participation in the Global Fund: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/health-education-gender/health/article/the-fight-against-major-pandemics
More information on the Global Fund’s website: http://www.theglobalfund.org/fr/
FOCUS The Global Fund in Sri Lanka:
Over the 2014-2016 period, the Global Fund has allocated 45.5 million USD to Sri Lanka, of which 16 million went to the fight against HIV, 12.2 million to fight against tuberculosis and 17.3 million against malaria.
The Global Fund will provide Sri Lanka with 35 million dollars for the period 2016-2018 – of which 4.4 million (or 12.5%) from France – as part of 4 programs :
• Health systems strengthening: especially through building new infrastructures (mainly hospitals) in the North, the East and poorer areas.
• Fight against HIV: prevention activities, improved screenings methods and treatment, patient support.
• Fight against tuberculosis: development of screening techniques and treatment in order to maintain the 85% cure rate objective achieved in 2004.
• Fight against malaria: Anti-Malaria Campaign in order to preserve the current situation (Sri Lanka has officially been declared malaria free by WHO in September 2016).
More information on the Global Fund’s activities in Sri Lanka: http://ccmsl.lk/?lang=en
Health and the sustainable development goals
Global health has remained a top priority in France’s development assistance, with a special emphasis on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the improvement of international health security.
SDG3, in particular, aims at building on the work accomplished by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to further reduce infantile, neonatal and maternal mortality and to eradicate the three major pandemics: HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
The role of France in international institutions
France, in collaboration with Norway, has launched the initiative “Diplomacy & Health” in 2006, which operates as an informal consultation framework between the seven country members to bring health issues to the fore at the global level.
More information: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/health-education-gender/health/article/france-and-global-health
France supports the candidacy of Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy in the 2017 elections of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
More info : http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/health-education-gender/health/article/dr-philippe-douste-blazy-candidate-to-the-position-of-director-general-of-the