The French Embassy participates in a Uganda health financing dialogue in Kampala
France is the world’s second-largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with an annual participation of 360 million euros, representing 4.5 billion euros paid.
H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Ambassador of France to Uganda, and the Embassy’s Head of Cooperation, Ms. Elea Wermelinger, participated in a recent Uganda health financing dialogue organized in Kampala by the Ministries of Health and Finance. The Global Fund was represented at this event by its Director of Finance, Mr. Jaques Le Pape.
Under the theme, “towards innovative, domestic financing,” the conference explored possible new domestic sources of funding of the health sector, ahead of the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference due in Lyon, France, on 6th October 2019. The conference aims to raise 14 billion dollars for the period 2020-2022 toward ending AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030 as per the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Planning applauded France’s support towards Uganda’s health sector. He welcomed the call to build sustainable health systems through appropriate health financing.
France is the world’s second-largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with an annual participation of 360 million euros, representing 4.5 billion euros paid. France has also played a pioneering role in scientific research, promoting human rights and serving people affected by AIDS, TB and malaria.
While recalling the G7 Health Ministers recent commitment in Paris to improving access to health for all, Ambassador Aniambossou said France has orientated its health development aid mainly to multilateral partners. He observed that although the multilateral aid is very important, that is not enough, hence the need for domestic resource mobilization, in line with the Abuja declaration.
He emphasized the need to stay committed to combatting the three pandemics which continue to kill more than 2.7 million people annually.
The Ambassador indicated that France is counting on the support of donor countries which have in the past supported the Global Fund and would be honoured to see Uganda participate in Lyon.