As a key membership-based business organization, the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN) partners with the Global Fund to strengthen relationships with the French private sector and accelerate its engagement in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria across sub-Saharan Africa.
This partnership highlights the private sector’s key role in mobilizing resources and driving innovation, as well as designing new investment opportunities to benefit millions of people in countries most affected by the three diseases.
CIAN membership includes more than 180 companies and brands active in a wide range of industries that represent a network of over 10,000 establishments across the African continent. This includes leading multinational corporations such as Total, L’Oréal, Vinci and Société Générale. CIAN organizes a Global Health Committee to raise awareness and commitment from its membership to fight the epidemics and strengthen health systems in African countries.
The partnership also aims to maximize the impact of Global Fund-supported programs by scaling-up prevention and health care activities at the country level, with a focus on workplaces and surrounding communities. In June 2018, CIAN launched the “Santé Entreprise Afrique” initiative in Côte d’Ivoire to scale up investments from locally-based corporations in the country’s response to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as well as other major health issues. This first-of-its-kind initiative builds a private sector-led health fund. The program is expected to be rolled out to more countries in 2020, including Cameroon, Guinea and Senegal, with the aim of reaching up to 300,000 people over the next three years.
CIAN plays a critical role in supporting the Global Fund’s advocacy efforts toward the French and Francophone business community.