France\'s financial commitments for health cooperation
In 2008, France devoted approximately 970 million euros to health cooperation, or 13% of its ODA (official development assistance). Accordingly, France’s commitments in the area of health quadrupled between 2000 and 2008 and nearly two-thirds of this aid is earmarked for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Distribution of French ODA in the area of health
The increase in French ODA in the area of health is due primarily to the increase in multilateral aid, which was multiplied by ten between 2000 and 2008. Since 2004, France’s multilateral contributions have exceeded contributions to bilateral aid. In 2008, nearly three-quarters of French ODA in the area of health now pass through international organization channels. This major strategic direction corresponds to the established desire to play a key role in achieving the three Millennium Development Goals (MDG) dedicated to health: MDG 4 to fight infant mortality, MDG 5 against maternal mortality and MDG 6 to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
France’s main multilateral contributions
They are divided as follows:
France’s other significant contributions to multilateral initiatives:
The significance of France’s commitments to the Global Fund and the IDPF explains that the fight against communicable diseases (MDG 6) mobilizes 76% of French ODA in health in 2008.
France’s contributions to bilateral actions.
In particular, these take the shape of actions conducted by the French development agency for financial commitments totalling, depending on the years, between 70 and 120 million euros. These commitments are divided into practically three equal parts between grants, non-sovereign concessional loans, and sovereign concessional loans granted to States.
Health research is the other major part of France’s bilateral commitments totalling approximately 50 million euros per year, covering actions led by the IRD, ANRS, CNRS, INSERM (more information at the bottom of the page) and the Institut Pasteur.
Decentralized cooperation in this sector accounts for approximately 5-6 million euros, aid for NGOs and grants given by the Embassies and the MAEE (former priority solidarity funds): about 20 million a year. Finally, the grant to the Public Interest Group, “Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière en Réseau” (ESTHER, Network for Therapeutic Solidarity in Hospitals), stands at 8 million a year.
Updated on 09.04.10