Laurent Fabius, Michel Sapin and Annick Girardin welcome France’s increased contribution for vaccination through innovative mechanisms (27 January 2015)

All the partners of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , met in Berlin on 27 January 2015, at the Gavi Pledging Conference for the period 2016 to 2020. France was represented by Annick Girardin, the Minister of State for Development and Francophony.

The aim of this conference was to raise funds to launch effective vaccination campaigns and prepare future action. Laurent Fabius and Michel Sapin welcome the fact that France, a major donor when it comes to global health and currently a top Gavi donor, can strongly commit through innovative mechanisms:

  • Through a new pledge of €150 million to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), a mechanism that makes it possible to engage in far-reaching campaigns very quickly, as this is the only way to fight disease effectively.
  • Through a pilot initiative, launched in partnership with Gavi and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based on a concessional loan of €100 million granted by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and reimbursed by the Foundation, increasing funds to programmes devoted to vaccination and strengthening health systems in the Sahel region. This innovative mechanism will make it possible through mutual leveraging to step up our commitment to Gavi programmes. It illustrates the benefit of collective action, better coordination of stakeholders and public-private alliances. It thus shows the feasibility of “coalitions of stakeholders” working for development financing.
  • Through a significant budgetary effort, with a disbursement of €365 million over the period 2016 to 2020, translating the pursuit of its past commitments to the IFFIm.

France, with its diplomatic network and its considerable national experience in innovative financing for development, more than ever stands with Gavi and all the members of this partnership, which has been able to show its effectiveness. It welcomes its 2016-2020 strategy and particularly the strengthening of Gavi programmes in the 22 Francophone African countries.

France devotes over €700 million a year to global health. In addition to the support to health systems provided by the French Agency for Development, it is a major contributor in the international response to disease, which is based on three large partnerships: the Global Fund, Unitaid and Gavi. We consider these three international initiatives to be indissociable. They mutually reinforce one another and contribute to improving the health of the populations concerned.