In the context of the inauguration of the “Bad Air” exhibition, Professor Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, answered questions put forward by the fondation Chirac.
The fondation Chirac: What kind of assessment does the Global Fund make of its six years of existence?
Michel Kazatchkine: Today, this international organization has become the main source of funding in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It contributes two thirds of the funding against malaria. Concretely, USD 3.7 billion are spent in 78 countries where malaria is endemic, and about 35% of the money raised by the Fund goes straight to the fight against malaria.
F.C.: What is its strategy for the next few months?
M.K.: The Global Fund intends to double in three years the results it obtained in six. Since 2002, 60 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed, as well as 60 million treatments. Furthermore, since 2004, the Fund has concentrated its strategy on ACTs. The other areas of intervention pertain to projects to spray insecticide on homes, but only in the zones recommended by the World Health Organization.
F.C.: Fake medicines slow down the fight against malaria. What means do we have at our disposal in order to make them disappear?
M.K.: Concerning fake medicines, the initiative of the fondation Chirac is very useful indeed. It meets an essential need and complements the projects of the Global Fund. The latter has just recently initiated a large distribution of medicines through private health systems, which local populations use more than public systems. These medicines will be labeled so that we can keep track of their whereabouts and avoid all form of trafficking.