Health – World Tuberculosis Day (March 24, 2016)
On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, France reaffirms its commitment to combating a disease that affects 9.6 million new patients every year and kills 1.5 million people. As President Hollande reiterated on March 23 alongside his South African counterpart, the fight against tuberculosis is a social justice issue as well as an international health security challenge.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease and a disease of poverty; it has taken on a new dimension thanks to urbanization and the increased mobility of populations which are conducive to the spread of the disease.
France is involved. We are the second largest international contributor to the fight against tuberculosis through our support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has allocated more than $4.7 billion to this fight since 2002, as well as to UNITAID, which allocates more than 20% of its resources to the fight.
Expertise France, the French Development Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, civil society and the research community play an active role in promoting innovation and research in the field of combating tuberculosis and also lend their support to strengthening the health systems of the countries that are most affected.