Japanese Prime Minister Announces Increase in 2004 Global Fund Pledge From $40M to $100M
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Friday at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Commemorative Summit Conference announced that Japan would increase its funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2004 from a planned contribution of $40 million to $100 million, according to a Global Fund release. The announcement brings the total Japanese contribution to the fund between 2002 and 2004 to $260 million, with $80 million pledged for 2003. The Global Fund, which currently has $3 billion in pledges through 2004 and another $1.9 billion pledged for 2005 to 2008, welcomed Koizumi's announcement, saying that the increase in funding shows the country's continued support of the Global Fund and its "leadership role in mobilizing support from the Asia and Pacific region," according to the release. The Global Fund has pledged $2.1 billion over two years to 224 programs to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in more than 120 countries, according to the release (Global Fund release, 12/12)This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.