France welcomes the election of Peter Sands as the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund will benefit from his commitment to global health and his management and financial expertise.
Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has taken action in more than 140 countries to combat AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It has helped save more than 20 million lives, provide treatment to 11 million people with HIV/AIDS, test and treat 17.4 million people for tuberculosis and distribute more than 795 million mosquito nets to combat malaria.
These results justify France’s historic commitment in support of this initiative. Historically, France is the second highest donor to the Global Fund, to which it has contributed more than €4.8 billion to date, almost 13% of the organization’s budget since its creation. For the triennium 2017-2019, France has recommitted itself to contributing €1.08 billion.
France looks forward to continuing, together with Peter Sands, the efforts to achieve the ambitious goals that the international community set for itself with respect to putting an end to the three pandemics as threats to public health by 2030 and guaranteeing access to quality health services, from prevention to treatment, by all populations. France thanks the acting executive director, Marijke Wijnroks, and the secretariat’s team for their work and commitment during the interim and transition period.