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10 October 2019

Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

On 9 and 10 October 2019 in Lyon, France hosted the replenishment conference of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
 
This Global Fund is particularly important for France which, since the 1990s, has made global health one of the priorities of its diplomacy and its development aid.
 
Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The role of the Global Fund is to invest in treatment and prevention programmes to eradicate the world’s three most deadly diseases by 2030. It is a unique multilateral tool with proven effectiveness on the ground: since its inception in 2002, it has saved 32 million lives. This is a spectacular figure, but millions of people still die each year as a result of these pandemics.
 

Two objectives

The conference held in Lyon had a dual objective:

 

1. Raise funds to ensure the Fund has the means required to carry out its action.


For over a year now, the President of the Republic has been working to mobilise States and governments in order to obtain as many donations as possible:

  • On 21 June 2019, Emmanuel Macron appealed to the international community to raise additional funds. Many States have already responded to this appeal: several countries have significantly increased their contributions, including Switzerland, the European Union, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. In each of his bilateral meetings at the G7 summit, the President also invited his interlocutors to honour their pledges. During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the President of the Republic also made the widest possible appeal for States to contribute.
     
  • The objective is an ambitious one: to raise $14 billion to save 16 million lives. In 2016, during the last replenishment period, $12.2 billion was raised. This year we are confident we will raise a record amount in Lyon. France, historically the second largest contributor to the Fund, has announced a contribution which surpasses that of the last replenishment (€1.08 billion in 2016).


2. Involve the Fund’s beneficiary countries to ensure the Global Fund’s action has impact on the ground:

 
  • Impact on the ground is only possible through the involvement of beneficiary governments in strengthening their health systems. This is why the President of the Republic launched the Presidential Initiative for Health in Africa last February. This political dialogue with African leaders aims to encourage them to commit to increase their national investments in health. France will also be there to support them and help them develop and strengthen their health systems (including the training of doctors and nurses and funding of infrastructure).
     
  • The President will discuss the Global Fund’s impact on the ground during a panel session with African presidents on Thursday 10 October in Lyon. The objective was to move forward on how to act more effectively, especially in countries where the Global Fund has greater difficulty in being disbursed, particularly due to insufficient national capacities.
This conference contributes to the shared objective of eradicating these three major pandemics by 2030.