SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Global Fund thanks French president for contributions to public health

The chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's board met with French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday to discuss the joint commitment to fighting deadly diseases.

Nafsiah Mboi told President Hollande that France's leadership in global health contributed significantly to the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

"It is my pleasure to thank you for the solidarity and leadership France has shown the global family in the continuing effort to contain AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and to improve global public health," Mboi said. "We are immensely grateful to the French government and French people for sustained and generous financial support of the Global Fund. The knowledge and skills to control and ultimately defeat these diseases is reaching the far corners of the globe, with the help of France."

President Hollande said he wanted France to strengthen cooperation with the Global Fund in the field and at the fund's headquarters in Geneva. Hollande reaffirmed France's financial commitment to the Global Fund by saying that France will contribute $1.4 billion to the fund between 2014 and 2016.

"The eradication of AIDS and tuberculosis and malaria requires vigorous and coordinated international mobilization," Pascal Canfin, France's minister of development, said. "France reaffirms its determination in this fight, in which the Global Fund is one of the main tools. We are the first generation of political leaders who can contribute to bringing the three pandemics to an end."

France is the second largest contributor overall to the Global Fund after the U.S. Since the Global Fund's inception in 2002, France donated more than $3.6 billion to the fund.