Africa: a French priority for global health

France’s Strategy for Global Health (2017-2021) aims to extend universal healthcare coverage by working to “bolster healthcare systems while fighting illnesses”. France is working particularly hard in Africa to this end. Africa currently remains the continent with the most worrying health indicators including demographic factors, high rates of maternal and infant mortality, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and high cases of tuberculosis and malaria and the increase in non-communicable diseases.

France supports the countries directly through its main agencies, the Agence Française de Développement and Expertise France, as well as its multilateral commitments.

Part of France’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, rolled out by Expertise France, aims to build the capacities of French-speaking Global Fund-recipient countries. During the Global Fund’s next Voluntary Replenishment Conference which will be held in Lyon on 10 October 2019, the French-speaking countries in Africa will be a key focus.

France is also working hard in Africa to promote accessible, long-term, resilient and high-quality national and local healthcare systems.

At the same time, it is committed to supporting sexual and reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health programmes promoting a cross-cutting, rights-based approach. This commitment is notably made through the French Muskoka Fund rolled out in 8 countries in West and Central Africa (Benin, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo and Senegal).

France finances and puts in place numerous international health security projects in Africa which provide important structure for the countries’ healthcare systems.
The President of the French Republic wishes to step up private French investments in Africa in order to open high-quality clinics and develop human resources in healthcare, to meet the health and demographic challenges in the region.

For more information, please consult France’s Strategy for Global Health 2017-2021 (in French).

Updated: 30 November 2018