World AIDS Day (December 1, 2011)
World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
On World AIDS Day, France joined in remembering the over 30 million people who have succumbed to the virus over the last 30 years. It reaffirmed its involvement with the European Union and the entire international community in the fight against AIDS and the necessity of continuing to pursue the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
France has made the fight against HIV/AIDS one of its priorities. Its financial contribution is one of the largest in the world. As such, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs contributes the following sums:
over 360 million euros per year to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;
110 million euros annually to facilitate the international purchase of drugs through UNITAID;
Over 2 million euros to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS);
Nearly 45 million euros annually for bilateral aid to fight HIV/AIDS, especially through cooperation between hospitals (ESTHER) and projects financed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
France maintains its global commitments despite the current economic context and budgetary constraints.
These efforts are bearing fruit: Global Fund to Fight AIDS programs currently allow some three million people to receive antiretroviral treatments, 55% of which live in sub-Saharan Africa. UNITAID has led to a 50% drop in the price of paediatric antiretroviral treatment between 2008 and 2010.
France continues to promote the fundamental values that protect HIV-positive people from discrimination and stigmatisation by guaranteeing freedom of mobility, residence, access to quality treatment, equality and gender equity. France remains convinced that the fight against HIV/AIDS is not only an issue of resources, but also a question of equality. In this context, she is particularly concerned with the protection of young girls.