Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has committed USD800 million over three years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Kan announced the pledge at the U.N. Millennium Development Goals summit in New York. The new commitment takes Japan’s total contribution to the Global Fund to USD2.09 billion since the organization was created in 2002.
The Global Fund also said it welcomed the United Methodist Church’s drive to mobilize as much as USD28 million for the fund.The contribution forms part of the church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign, which aims to wipe out malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
Private firms in Africa also pledged USD3 million in new contributions to the fund. The money is drawn from the Gift from Africa campaign.
The Global Fund will also receive new funding from Norway. The country pledged to provide the fund with 1.4 billion kroner (USD283 million) over the next three years. The amount represents a 20 percent increase from Norway’s previous pledge.
The fund will hold its replenishment conference in New York in early October.
Top U.N. officials have emphasized the importance of fully funding HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs to make sure the progress achieved in recent years is not wasted.
“This is an unprecedented moment [of] unprecedented momentum. I urge development partners to support the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] in their replenishment,” World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said according to Reuters.