UNITAID, 10 years of innovation and dedication to global health

Founded in 2006 by Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom, UNITAID is a unique international organization and pioneer in the field of health. Through the financial resources and logistics network of these 5 countries, UNITAID purchases medicines and diagnostic products and allocate them to people in developing countries.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, congratulated Philippe Douste-Blazy, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chairman of the UNITAID Board, and Lelio MARMORAL, Executive Director of UNITAID for the amazing results achieved by UNITAID in the past decade.

Founded in 2006 by Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom, UNITAID is a unique international organization and pioneer in the field of health. Through the financial resources and logistics network of these 5 countries, UNITAID purchases medicines and diagnostic products and allocate them to people in developing countries.

UNITAID has become a major player in global health. By optimizing the allocation of medicines and health services, UNITED has helped in curing AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world. "Aggregating global demand for these drugs enables
UNITAID to divide the costs of HIV treatment. In this way, the number of people treated multiplies by 10.” emphasized Jean-Marc Ayrault during his speech.

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Innovation is what drives UNITAID to successful solutions. For example, half the budget of UNITAID is financed by a tax on airplane tickets. “We believe that it was legitimate that such an emblematic sector of globalization as air travelling should contribute to alleviate health poverty” explained Jean-Marc Ayrault.

UNITAID also promotes innovation through R&D of new drugs and diagnostic products. The organization established a partnership with the pharmaceutical industry to allow patented medicines to be produced at a lower price. Since 2006, over 117 countries have benefited from three billion low-cost medication doses.

In addition, UNITAID ensures that the interests of children are taken into account by pharmaceutical companies through lobbying activity and regulatory work. It ensures that treatments and aid are tailored to the needs of the most fragile people.

France is currently the main financer of UNITAID, with a budget of one billion euros per year. According to Jean-Marc Ayrault, France will sustain its support because "health is a powerful engine for growth in developing countries." France is also the second contributor to the GAVI and the Global funds, with 1.08 billion euros for 2017-2019.

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Dernière modification : 21/07/2016

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