Australia contributes to Myanmar diseases fund

Australia announced it will donate A$15 million ($11.4 million) to the Three Diseases (3D) Fund, which aims to help combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Myanmar. The decision and Britain’s pledge of $36 million last week would bring the fund’s total purse to over $47 million or near the halfway mark of the funding target worth $100 million. Key donors – the European Commission, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Britain and Australia – created the initiative to fill the void left by the withdrawal of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from the Asian nation in August 2005.

Source: Australia to aid Myanmar fight diseases (Xinhua)

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