Laos, partners review fight against tuberculosis, HIV, malaria

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Government officials, development partners, local organisations and authorities recently gathered for a seminar to promote the contribution of the French technical support programme (the 5 Percent Initiative) to the fight against tuberculosis, HIV and malaria in Laos.

The seminar was organised by the French Embassy to Laos and was co-chaired by Minister of Health Dr Bounkong Syhavong and French Ambassador to Laos Ms Florence Jeanblanc-Risler. It underlined the positive aspects of the contribution provided by the programme in Laos since 2012.

Three different entities - Laopha, the Lao Oxford Mahosot Wellcome Trust Research Unit and the Ministry of Health - gave presentations.

The audience comprised health officials, development partners, local organisations, projects and organisations that benefitted, whether from financing or technical assistance provided by the French 5 Percent Initiative.

The seminar was an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and future perspectives on the fight against tuberculosis, HIV and malaria in Laos.

A second edition of this event, open to the public, will be organised in the coming months to reflect on the new emerging challenges of French action in the fight against these three pandemics.

The French 5 Percent 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.

The seminar was designed as an exchange session in light of the current context, with the Global Fund raising funds to finance the next three year cycle.

This process will culminate on October 10 in France. At least US$14 million 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 Laos the 5 Percent Initiative has benefitted more than 13 organisations and entities since 2012, with more than 5 million euros to finance 20 expert missions and five national and regional projects, according to the French Embassy to Laos.



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