World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) [fr]
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, France expresses its solidarity with the 35 million people living with HIV.
It welcomes the signing - announced today - of a new agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and the laboratory AbbVie. This will provide access, at an affordable price, to antiretroviral drugs for children (lopinavir/ ritonavir).
We are more committed than ever to the fight against AIDS around the world. France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has enabled 6.6 million people to have access to antiretroviral HIV treatments since 2002. It has been leading the way for 15 years with respect to equitable access to treatment for people living with AIDS, in the South as well as the North. It is especially mobilized in order to facilitate access to the latest generic antiretroviral drugs in developing countries, thanks to the voluntary licensing of patents.
On this occasion, France reaffirms that organized healthcare systems are needed in order to achieve lasting results in the fight against AIDS and other pandemics. To that end, it commends the commitment of African governments to devote 15% of public spending to health.