Remain present and continue supporting our partners
In global health, the year 2020 will go down in history.
The success of the Lyon Replenishment Conference in 2019, as the Global Fund was about to open a new funding cycle, raised great hopes. In early 2020, the global community was fully mobilized to put an end to three great pandemics of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic took the entire world by surprise and reminded us that infectious diseases remain a serious threat in the 21st century.
In an unprecedented context, Expertise France worked hard to face up to the crisis, thanks to its teams’ mobilization, including that of L’Initiative in the Health Department. I would like to pay tribute to their commitment and their responsiveness during this year like none other. Their commitment made major achievements possible: the reprogramming and additional funding that allowed project leaders to continue their activities; supporting research projects in partnership with the French Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) to continue research in developing countries and reorganizing technical assistance to provide guidance for countries submitting funding requests to the Global Fund.
Thanks to L’Initiative, in 2020, 13 technical assistance missions were implemented through the Global Fund’s “C19RM” plan. A total of 27 projects in the process of being funded were able to benefit from reprogramming involving €600,000, and €2.7 million worth of additional funding was committed. This close cooperation with the Global Fund continues in 2021, as the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.
This is the flexibility that characterizes us
The ability to quickly mobilize technical assistance (sometimes in a few days’ time), to rapidly deploy experts on the field or remotely, to create new procedures and working methods. All of this in order to always be present and to continue supporting our partners closest to our ultimate beneficiaries. With these assets, we will join the AFD Group this summer, to give French public aid even more impact in global health.
JÉRÉMIE PELLET, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EXPERTISE FRANCE