An exceptional year for french health expertise
France has clearly reaffirmed its support for global health
In October 2019, France was able to facilitate a significant increase in the Global Fund’s resources for ending the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria pandemics. With a 20% increase in contributions, our country has clearly reaffirmed its support for global health through multilateral commitments, as well as through bilateral instruments like L’Initiative, a vital player as always.
More than ever, we are motivated to expand universal health coverage. To achieve that goal, we must work with the hardest to reach populations, strengthen health systems and support approaches grounded in gender equality. Led by L’Initiative, this new impetus is yielding promising results through sharing expertise, primarily with our African partners, as well as through project implementation. Since 2017, 50 concrete interventions have been initiated in 30 countries, two-thirds of which are multi-country projects. The francophone world constitutes a primary focus, in particular through the work of the Presidential Initiative for Health in Africa (IPSA). By helping bridge the gap between health research and civil society, L’Initiative also plays a vital role in the field.
In 2020, we are initiating a new cycle with the very same determination to support Global Fund recipient countries in their funding requests. In its response to the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, L’Initiative has demonstrated its customary boldness, agility and professionalism in adapting in-progress programs where necessary and in mobilizing its best experts to grapple with this extraordinary crisis.
To ensure that everyone has access to world health, we need the motivation, intelligence and know-how of all our partners. This philosophy continues to guide L’Initiative in actions that, having already begun to show its impact, need only be stepped up in the coming years.