Meeting with French representatives of the global fight against AIDS
This afternoon, the President of the French Republic received Professor Françoise Barre-Sinoussi, Nobel laureate for medicine, Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, Director of the National Agency for AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Research (ANRS), Mr Pierre Berge, President of Sidaction, Mr Bruno Spire, President of Aides, and Mr Emmanuel Trenado, Permanent Secretary of Coalition Plus.
The Head of State informed them that, despite budgetary constraints, he had decided that France’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would be at least as high for the coming three years (2014-2016), i.e. 1.08 billion euros.
Since 1997, France has been actively supporting the access of poor countries to treatments against HIV-AIDS. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the UNITAID International Drug Purchase Facility were established at its initiative. France is the second highest donor of the Global Fund and the topmost of UNITAID.
France is at the forefront of innovative financing for global health, particularly for the fight against communicable diseases. Activities that have most benefited from globalisation should contribute to international solidarity.
The President of the French Republic has decided to hike the taxes imposed on airline tickets, for the first time since 2006. He has also decided that a part of the tax on financial transactions would be earmarked for development, especially healthcare in Africa. He has encouraged European partners to contribute a part of their future tax on financial transactions to meeting these challenges.
The Head of State particularly wished to salute the role and mobilisation of associations for their action in France and worldwide for prevention, detection, universal access to treatments, support to and advocacy of the rights of the ailing. Their action, which is complementary to that of States, is irreplaceable.