(KPL) Minister of Health, Dr Bounkong Syhavong and French Ambassador to Lao PDR, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, co-chaired a seminar held on Oct 4 by the French Embassy to promote the contribution of the 5% Initiative to the fight against tuberculosis, HIV and malaria in Laos.
During the seminar, three different structures including Laopha, Lao Oxford Mahosot Welcome Trust Research Unit and the Minister of Health presented to the audience comprising health officials, development partners and local organizations the projects and organizations that benefit from financial or technical assistance provided by France’s 5% Initiative.
The seminar was the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and future perspectives for the fight against the three pandemics in the Lao PDR. A second edition of this event, open to the public, will be organized in the coming months to reflect on the new emerging challenges of French action in the fight against the three pandemics in Laos.
France’s 5% Initiative is a tool that has been designed specifically to complement the actions of the Global Fund in beneficiary countries.
France is one of the founding members of the Global Fund and the second biggest donor. This seminar organized by the French Embassy was designed as an exchange session in the light of the current context: the Global Fund is raising funds to fund the next three-year cycle.
This process will culminate on Oct 10 with the conference held in Lyon, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. At least US$14 billion will need to be raised to fund the next three-year cycle, in order to get back on track on the elimination of tuberculosis, HIV and Malaria by 2030.
In the Lao PDR, the 5% Initiative has benefitted more than 13 organizations and structures since 2012, with more than 5 million euros to finance 20 expert missions and 5 national and regional projects.
Source: Lao News Agency