Health and Social Protection
Promoting universal health coverage
Improving maternal, newborn and child health
Learning to deal with epidemics
Improving the care offer
Investing in eHealth
In the last 15 years or so, historic progress has been made: reduction of child mortality as well as improvement in maternal health and in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, etc. But with 8.5 million people on the planet in 2030, health is one of the major challenges for the coming years. How can each person be guaranteed quality care? How can maternal mortality be reduced? How can avoidable deaths of newborns be eliminated?
AFD’s Health and Social Protection Strategy is perfectly consistent with the SDGs. In it, health development is considered in close relation with demographic, economic and environmental challenges.
More broadly, health challenges are incorporated into AFD’s policy of carrying out projects that are 100% climate-compatible. For instance, epidemiological surveillance and nutrition are repositioned into States’ policies for adaptation to the effects of climate change. More generally, we consider health – including financial accessibility to care – as a factor of resilience, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
AFD supports the sector through grants, long-term loans, guarantees and capital investments. It also manages grants that stem from European funds. These may round out a loan to finance our technical support program, for example. In 2016, our health-related commitments in foreign countries and in Overseas France amounted to 245 million euros.