France/Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Q. – François Hollande announced on Monday that France was going to maintain her contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Will this really equip France to go on bearing her share of responsibility in the fight against AIDS?
THE SPOKESMAN – The President indeed confirmed on Monday that France’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will be maintained at €360 million per year for the period 2014-2016, despite a constrained budget environment.
France remains the leading European donor to the Global Fund and the second biggest internationally, behind the United States: to date she has paid in over €2.6 billion, i.e. 14% of the organization’s total budget since it was created. On top of this is an indirect contribution to the organization’s budget through €110 million in European funding per year.
Moreover, with €110 million per year, our country is the leading contributor to UNITAID, the International Drug Purchase Facility, which allows the cost of antiretroviral treatment to be reduced and thus the number of patients likely to benefit from it to be increased. (...)./.