Not letting up on

the fight
against pandemics

Since its creation, L’Initiative has established itself as a key mechanism of France’s strategy in the fight fighting against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Today, it is a key partner of the Global Fund.

Thanks to the Global Fund support, peer-educators like Carolyn will carry on their prevention mission alongside 20,000 young girls woh are HIV-positive, in five African countries.

Since its creation, L’Initiative has established itself as a key mechanism of France’s strategy in the fight fighting against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Today, it is a key partner of the Global Fund.

Following the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference, the share of L’Initiative’s budget increased from 7% to 9% of the country’s contribution to the Global Fund. And to reflect this increase, the 5% Initiative (the mechanism’s initial budget) became “L’Initiative”.

Working for future solutions​

L’Intiative’s modes of action are adapting to tomorrow’s challenges. Its goal is to reinforce support and better plan technical assistance as a feature for the required timeframe, using a tailored, individualized approach. Simultaneously, L’Initiative supports NGOs, research institutes, and national programs, especially those encouraging the development of innovative approaches, experiments, and pilot projects aiming at changing healthcare practices and policies.

At the service global health issues

As a result of the efforts of L’Initiative’s team and steering committee, its new strategy lays out an ambitious three-year program that remains consistent with the Global Funds’ strategic framework while adhering to France’s world health strategy. Four objectives were identified:

Ramping up the fight against the three major pandemics

This strategy must allow L’Initiative to intensify its work, especially where the greatest challenges in eligible countries are found. Its approach complements that of the Global Fund’s in its effort to provide optimal access to relevant programs and enhance funding efficiency.

Through a knowledge synthesis mechanism, L’Initiative should also contribute to the French steering of the Global Fund and foster a global partnership dynamic, thus promoting a better alignment among stakeholders in the fight against pandemics and the strengthening of health systems in the world, while advancing universal coverage. The principles of ownership, alignment, capacity building, and partnership remain at the heart of L’Initiative’s philosophy and action.

10 years

fighting against the pandemics

Incorporating the fight against Covid-19

In the face of the new pandemic, our objectives are clear: to support the control and containment of Covid-19 while limiting its impact on the fight against HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, without neglecting health systems to guarantee the continuity of care. Since 2020, L’Initiative’s team rallied to support its partners facing the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. Operations were adapted to guarantee continuity in technical assistance and ongoing projects. In 2021, 2.6 million euros were invested in the form of technical assistance as part of the Global Fund’s Covid-19 Response Mechanism and provided access to over 750 million euros of funding.

We have begun to assess the new pandemic’s impact on health systems, prevention, and access to care for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Despite it being a trying year, 2021 nonetheless saw the emergence of a better understanding of Covid-19, broader access to response tools, and special funding.

ADELINE LAUTISSIER
Geographic coordinator