France’s role in public health in Southern countries


A conference organised by Fondation Pierre Fabre on 21 November demonstrated France’s strong commitment to public health worldwide.

This event also served to officially open the Foundation’s new administrative headquarters in En Doyse (in Lavaur, in the Tarn department).

Santé publique dans les pays du Sud - le rôle de la France

For this first conference, Fondation Pierre Fabre gathered a broad representative spectrum of public and private entities that work to improve public health in countries of the South.

The conference was the opportunity:

  • to stress the need for balance between multilateral and bilateral funding, for global coordination between the various entities working in development aid, and the ever-increasing strength of public-private partnerships, all made clear in the presentations by Professors Marc Gentilini and Philippe Douste-Blazy;
  • ​to share information on current programmes and recognise the importance of French initiatives in the public health field;
  • to remind people of the role of the French medical research in the quest for new solutions and the need to create new aid models and properly assess them;
  • demonstrate, through concrete initiatives in the field, the importance of developing human resources to implement sustainable efforts in the field.

This initiative was a chance for Fondation Pierre Fabre to contribute to the debate and heighten awareness, on the part of French entities working in development aid, of the need for a common vision, improved coordination, and enhanced planning and communication to make collective action as effective as possible.