French Minister Speaks on Global Response to Epidemics
On Monday, December 2, Minister Delegate for Development Pascal Canfin delivered a speech at the Global Fund Fourth Replenishment Conference in Washington, D.C.
Organized by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the meeting coordinates international commitment to combating global pandemics. The plans made during the conference will establish funding objectives from governments and private-sector organizations
Mr. Canfin’s participation at the event speaks to a broader engagement by France in the worldwide battle against pandemics. With a $1.46 billion commitment to the Global Fund for the next three years—the second-largest contribution from a single country—France has made engaging with partners for global health solutions a priority.
France’s previous contributions helped achieve a 30-percent decrease in deaths related to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria since 2005, as well as a reduction of new infections since 2001.
France also contributes to UNITAID and UNAIDS, as well as to several initiatives of the French Development Agency, the GIP Esther (a hospital cooperation program organized specifically for HIV/AIDS treatment), and the 5% initiative put into practice by France Expertise Internationale.
Mr. Canfin’s speech is available here.