Islamabad, April 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): On the occasion of World Health Day, we would like to share some information about the activities of France in the field of health.
France, a global leader in the field of health with a world-class health care system based on excellence and egalitarian values (access to health for all), has been promoting health at the international level, here are some example of its initiatives:
– “Foreign Policy and Gobal Health initative” : launched in New York in 2006 this informal diplomatic group comprising South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, France, Norway, Senegal and Thailand have promoted the importance of health at the international level and have been at the centre of numerous UN resolutions on the topic.
– “One Health” initiative: France is advocating for a holistic and integrated approach to health which takes into account the international (pandemics …), economic and food (animal health), environmental (parasites …) and societal (trust between population, scientific community and governments …) aspects of health. To learn more please see the attached document.
– France commits more than 10% (more than one billion Euros) of its public development aid to health to learn more about it visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/development-assistance/health/
In Pakistan this commitment is translated into several concrete projects, for instance:
– In FATA: A financing agreement has been signed on July 2011 between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), to provide one million Euros of additional funds for the Health Component of the FATA Development Programme (FDP). With the additional resources from the French Government, the Directorate Health Services (DHS) of the FATA Secretariat is implementing the Quality Improvement Initiative which aims at enhancing the clinical and managerial skills of health care providers and health managers, ensuring availability of essential equipment and improving physical infrastructure in health facilities in FATA. A report on this initiative, the first of its kind in Asia, will soon be published by GTZ.
– In Khyber-Pakhtunwa: The French Government is currently financing, over 4 years (2012-2016), a 2 millions Euros regional health programme implemented by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) at the cross-border re¬gion of Afghanistan (Badakhstan), Pakistan (Chitral) and Tajikistan (Gorno-Badakhshan).
This programme is intended to improve the health status of women of reproductive age (15-45), newborns and children under five year of age. In District Chitral (Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province), the Aga Khan Health Service-Pakistan (AKHS-P) will reach six remote and undeserved Union Councils. Approximately 110,000 residents of these areas will benefit from the planned interventions on immunization, maternal care, family planning, and nutrition.
For more information, contact:
Aqeel Hussain SYED
French Embassy in Pakistan
French Embassy – Diplomatic Enclave G5 – GPO
Box 1068 Islamabad
Telephone: 00 92 51 201 14 14
Fax: 201 14 80 / 201 14 00