Health – 21st International AIDS Conference (Durban, July 18 to 22, 2016)

The 21st International AIDS Conference opens today in Durban, in South Africa. Several thousand participants, representatives of state authorities, civil society and health professionals will discuss ways to combat HIV over a period of five days.

France will be represented by Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa.

The fight against AIDS and communicable diseases all over the world is a priority for France. President Hollande announced that our contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would total more than €1 billion over the next three years (2017-2019).

France is mobilizing its research institutions. We support local health systems and the persons affected, whose fundamental rights must be respected. France was also behind the creation of innovative financing mechanisms, notably the tax on airline tickets and on financial transactions.

Lastly, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and several regional and international authorities and French associations, a French-language booth has been set up to highlight the diverse actions of French-speaking actors to combat HIV, including with respect to access to care and support for affected persons, prevention, research, and the fight against discrimination.

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