Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires Etrangères (MEAE)

France, a key player in global health. France’s international health policy is based on a strategy that focuses on both achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increasing international health security.

Achieving the SDGs, especially SDG3 on health, is a major objective for France.

It requires, in particular, health system strengthening (HSS), promoting universal health coverage (UHC) and enhancing human resources in healthcare. Other aims include defending human rights and health equity, gender mainstreaming in all health policies and taking all ages into account.

Three key principles underpin France’s international health policy:

  • The commitment of French diplomacy to ensuring the good governance of international health bodies. France supports the WHO reform, which is focused on helping countries to make decisions when faced with a health warning.
  • The mobilization of all French public and private actors in the field of international health. This action is mainly led by France’s two major technical operators (AFD, the French development agency, and Expertise France).