December 11, 2023

Global Fund, France and Chad strengthen partnership to accelerate fight against HIV, TB and malaria

June 30, 2023

n’djamena – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the French Development Agency/French Experts Agency (AFD/EF) announced that they are updating and strengthening their technical assistance program to Chad; covering the period 2023-2025.

The agreement was signed yesterday (29 June) at a ceremony in N’Djamena in the presence of Dr. Abdelmadjid Abderahim, Minister of Public Health and Prevention of Chad; Ms. Anne-Claire Amprou, French Ambassador for Global Health; Mr. Lan Kocheri; Mr. Vincent Thévenot, Assistant Director, AFD, N’Djamena; Mr. Peter Sands, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and civil society organizations.

Sources of funds: initiativethe technical assistance program was initially implemented in the country in 2019 by consultants Expertise French, a division of AFD. The aim of the program is to facilitate support to national authorities in accessing grants from the Global Fund and the Vaccine Alliance and to optimize their impact in the fight against the three epidemics affecting the country. Technical assistance is provided in four areas: governance, procurement and inventory management, financial management and audit, and monitoring and evaluation.

Abdelmadjid Abderahim, Minister of Public Affairs of Chad, said: “Chad welcomes the renewed commitment of the Global Fund and AFD-Expertise France to work with us in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, And support our efforts to build sustainable and resilient health systems.” Health and Prevention.

Anne-Claire Amprou, France’s ambassador for global health, said: “France remains steadfast in its commitment to global health through its significant contribution to the Global Fund and the technical assistance provided by AFD-Expertise France.” “By joining forces with the Government of Chad, the country’s civil society organizations and global health partners, we reaffirm our belief in collaborative and coordinated action, and our determination to build strong and resilient health systems around the world, especially in the most vulnerable countries in the region”.

“The technical assistance provided by the French government has been an indispensable source of support for the Chadian Ministry of Health in implementing the Global Fund grant,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands. “We must continue to build such partnerships and, with the help of civil society organizations, encourage countries to invest more in health systems to strengthen the long-term complementarity of these resources with international financing.”

Through AFD, France and Chad have cooperated for more than fifty years. In terms of support to health systems, the programs focus on sexual and reproductive rights, strengthening the capacity of health workers, equity and financial protection in access to health care and countries’ transition to universal health coverage, through support of Global Fund grants Combat epidemics, manage health crises, and prevent and detect malnutrition early at the community level. In total, AFD has invested nearly 500 million euros in Chad over the past decade.

The Global Fund is currently delivering three grants in Chad totaling €122 million, covering the period 2021-2024. Since 2002, programs supported by the Global Fund and its partners, combined with Chad’s strategy, have reduced new HIV infections by about 66 percent and AIDS-related deaths by about 60 percent. Tuberculosis treatment has an 80% success rate, and the proportion of the population using long-lasting insecticidal nets has jumped to almost 61%, compared to 8% in 2010.

With a total of €6.05 billion in contributions to the Global Fund to date, France is the largest donor in Europe and plays an important role in the Fund’s governance. Health, education and gender equality are among France’s ten development priorities. They are also key priorities for the Global Fund. At the seventh capital increase of the Global Fund in September 2022, France pledged to donate nearly 1.6 billion euros in the next three years, an increase of 23% over the previous contribution. This strong commitment marks France’s determination to make global health a priority of French development policy.