Health – International AIDS Conference (Amsterdam, 23-27 July 2018)

The 22nd International AIDS Conference is being held in Amsterdam from July 23 to 27. More than 15,000 scientists, members of civil society and representatives of national governments around the world are attending this major biennial meeting to discuss the advances and major challenges remaining in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The conference must highlight the importance of maintaining a high level of prevention and of combating discrimination, which stands in the way of an effective fight. It will also stress the need to increase international funding.

France is represented by a large delegation led by Minister for Solidarity and Health Agnès Buzyn, and which also includes Ambassador for Global Health Stéphanie Seydoux. With the support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Solidarity and Health, and several local governments and agencies, it has a booth enabling French actors to promote our country’s expertise and major commitment. Representatives of the French research community – the second-largest internationally in terms of scientific research on HIV/AIDS – will present their work, which has made it possible each year to discover new molecules or new administration methods to make life easier for patients. Finally, many representatives of associations and French operators will present the results of community programs they are conducting involving patient assistance, prevention, and strengthening the capacity of local health systems.

Having contributed €4.2 billion since 2002, France is the second-largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which gives 11 million people access to HIV/AIDS treatment worldwide. It is the largest contributor to Unitaid, an agency that accelerates the availability of the most effective, least expensive innovations to better treat, diagnose and prevent these diseases.

During the conference, France will urge the international community to mobilize to ensure the success of the Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will be held in France at President Macron’s invitation in 2019. It will represent a key step forward in the international goal to eliminate AIDS by 2030.

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