French Development Agency - Agence Française de Développement
Agence Française de Développement is a bi-lateral development finance institution established in 1941 that works on behalf of the French government. Its mission is to finance development according to France’s Overseas Development Assistance policies. AFD’s activities are aimed at reducing poverty and inequalities, promoting sustainable economic growth, and protecting “Global Public Goods” of benefit to all humanity. Protecting Global Public Goods includes the fight against climate change and pandemics; the preservation of biodiversity; the promotion of social and environmental responsibility; as well as aid to countries weakened by strife, war and natural disasters.
AFD aims to reduce the number of people infected and killed by malaria. It will finance the development and marketing of two new drugs that are simpler to use than current treatments and accessible to the poorest populations that are often the most exposed. Other types of AFD aid include: Insurance to reduce childbirth-related risks in Mauritanie, prevention of mother-to-child HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and healthcare financial assistance in Mozambique. In addition to these projects, the people benefit from AFD’s support of the environment, sanitation and agriculture.
Links to the health workforce crisis
AFD recruits and trains healthcare professionals to help secure wellness and treatment for developing countries, as well as education for its people. In Mozambique, funding is currently underway to institute two major technical posts. Nigeria is benefiting from AFD’s financial assistance in building up its health care system. Job development has progressed in the Palestinian countries by AFD’s involvement too. Much money is given to Cambodia, Uganda and others to overhaul healthcare. AFD joined the Alliance in 2007 as a development Partner.
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