A recognized and efficient mechanism
Doing an even better job of helping countries and the Global Fund reach their common goals
In October 2019, the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference, chaired by Emmanuel Macron, secured contribution pledges to the tune of 14 billion dollars, an unprecedented sum in the Global Fund’s history. This achievement is a victory for multilateral approaches in global health, and reflects both the leading roles taken by Expertise France and L’Initiative and the strong leadership France has shown in this area more generally.
Soon after this success, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and Expertise France worked to renegotiate L’Initiative’s terms of reference. The goal is clear: contribute to the elimination of HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The new terms of reference were signed in early 2020, boosting L’Initiative’s annual budget to nearly 39 million euros and reflecting MEAE’s continuing confidence in our agency.
With L’Initiative’s new strategy, our mission is clear. We must do an even better job of helping countries and the Global Fund reach their common goals by providing support for countries who request it. That will be achieved through longer and better planned technical assistance missions, as well as through more projects which aim to shift health practices and politics.
The Initiative must be agile and flexible in order to respond to changes in the pandemics themselves and to adapt to the differing contexts of our partner countries. In that light, I congratulate L’Initiative for the rapid response it has undertaken to combat the Covid-19 epidemic, in coordination with our Health department and in keeping with the collective efforts of « Team France ». Remaining adaptable and protecting our partners and their teams while ensuring that essential programs for fighting HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria continue wherever possible is a top priority for us.