France must increase its allocation to the fund by 30% to hope for a world without AIDS by 2030

Ponomariova_Maria via Getty Images As an association fighting against HIV / AIDS, we must say it clearly “there can be no double punishment, the covid crisis must not be coupled with a setback in HIV prevention”.

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Investing in the Global Fund makes it possible to lay the groundwork necessary to end HIV by 2030. This is the objective that the Ile-de-France Region set itself in 2016 by adopting an “Island -of France without AIDS”.

HEALTH – In January 2002, on the initiative of the UN and Kofi Annan, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria was created by the international community with the aim of combating these devastating pandemics. 20 years later, the Global Fund has invested more than 55 billion dollars and saved 44 million lives. The mortality rate linked to these three epidemics has more than halved in the beneficiary countries. For the first time, its action allows us to hope for a near end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

State commitment

From September 19 to 21, the seventh Global Fund replenishment conference will be held. It is an opportunity for States to collectively and boldly commit to building more sustainable, more inclusive and more resilient health systems. The investment to achieve this objective must be continued and increased. We must remain firm in the belief that we have invoked tools to continue to roll back these outbreaks, deliver the deathblow to them, and guard against future ones.

Investing in the Global Fund makes it possible to lay the groundwork necessary to put an end to HIV by 2030. This is the objective that the Île-de-France Region set itself in 2016 by adopting a plan “Ile-de-France without AIDS”. Six years have passed and they have been punctuated by many advances despite the crisis linked to Covid-19: therapeutic progress, increased screening, prevention among priority audiences in the fight and among young people have borne fruit.

However, this fight cannot be limited to a regional or even a national scale. If these diseases affect the countries of the South more violently, where the fragile health systems are not able to control major epidemics, we do not have any chance of putting an end to them without thinking about epidemics in a global way. It is at the level of the Global Fund that the end of the epidemic is being played out, in France as elsewhere.

France, 2nd historical contributor

This 7e resource reconstruction conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an opportunity to recall the deep proactive commitment of France, the 2nd historical contributor (5.65 billion euros invested to date), in this fight. France has continued to lead the global fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS since the start of the epidemic. President Jacques Chirac had thus been at the initiative of the global solidarity tax on plane tickets for the benefit of the international organization Unitaid. In 2019, France, still, hosted the previous Global Fund replenishment conference, with the largest fundraising ever obtained for a multilateral health organization (more than 14 billion dollars).

This position as the flag bearer of the fight must constantly be renewed, enriched in order to be ever more effective and unifying. France must continue to take a stand, to keep its commitments, to set itself more ambitious ones, to bring together the energies and the will to show itself collectively up to the challenges, in a period when the health crisis linked to the pandemic of Covid-19 has made both health systems and the fight against HIV/AIDS pay a high price with a drop of more than 22% in screenings.

Save 20 million lives

The Ile-de-France Region and its associated organization Crips Ile-de-France AIDS health prevention continues to be spearheads and sources of inspiration in the most populated region of France. To continue and strengthen all the necessary actions and so that this fight can find the same echo on a global scale, we call on France to increase its allocation to the Global Fund by 30%.

This 30% makes it possible to reach the minimum amount set by the experts – at 18 billion US dollars – to save 20 million lives. Our ambition to see the birth of a world without AIDS by 2030 depends on it, and we owe it to patients, to the medical professions, to activists, to all those who have given their lives to understand and eradicate HIV/AIDS. So close to the goal, let’s not back down.

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