Unitaid and South African government partner to accelerate HIV and TB prevention and treatment efforts
Unitaid and South Africa’s National Department of Health have launched a partnership to accelerate efforts to prevent and treat HIV and tuberculosis in the country. South Africa is home to the biggest HIV/AIDS epidemic and one of the highest TB burdens worldwide.
The partnership announcement was made on the eve of World TB Day during a partners meeting organized by Unitaid on innovations to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV and TB in South Africa. The total Unitaid investment committed under this mulit-year partnership is over US$ 50 million.
Unitaid’s strategic objectives are to foster innovation and create the right conditions for mass introduction of pioneering medicines, diagnostic tests and prevention tools at affordable costs for countries across the HIV, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. Unitaid intervenes at each preliminary step required before being able to bring these new medecines and technologies to scale.
As a founding member of Unitaid with Brazil, France remains devoted to the mandate of Unitaid. To date, Unitaid has committed 60.2 MUSD to South Africa (since 2006), of which 36 MUSD is of French origin. As the first contributor to Unitaid, France is very committed in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria, in South Africa particularly, and around the world.
H.E. Emmanuel Suquet, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the French Embassy in South Africa, hosted a reception at the French Residence on Thursday 22 March 2018 and welcomed Unitaid’s Executive Director and his team, members of the South African National Department Of Health and health partner organisations.
In his speech, Emmanuel Suquet said: “We remain very committed to fighting HIV and tuberculosis in South Africa.”
Robert Matiru, Director of Operations at UNITAID and Yogan Pillay Deputy Director General at the South African National Department of Health addressed the gathering and thanked all partners.
On Friday 23 March 2018, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Emmanuel Suquet, Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy, Dr. Véronique Briquet-Laugier, and Health Attaché Dr. Arièle Braye, attended a forum entitled “Partnering to advance innovations for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in South Africa” hosted by Unitaid and the South African National Department of Health in Pretoria.
Read more about the partnership between Unitaid and the South African government here :