The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) an institution of the French government, considers universal health coverage to be one of the most powerful drivers of social equality, and that premise underpins the agency’s focus on supporting countries by contributing to their social development.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and AFD are working to develop an integrated network of health services based on primary health care in the province of San Juan de la Maguana, in the Dominican Republic. The network aims to improve people’s access to quality health services.
AFD supports international solidarity and development aid projects, and carries out its mission through loans, donations, knowledge exchanges and technical advice in areas ranging from climate change, biodiversity, education, and urban planning to peace and health, among others. Its more than 4,000 development projects and programs support economic, social, and environmental progress in approximately 115 countries, helping to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
AFD considers universal health coverage to be essential and it seeks to guarantee that good medical care is accessible to everyone. In the healthcare sector, it focuses on projects that improve access to quality health care, that reduce maternal and infant mortality, and that can help end the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, among other diseases. It is allied with partners to improve everything from infrastructure to human resources to the governance of health systems and the availability of equipment and medicines, and it supports financing mechanisms to ensure equitable access to healthcare.