Japan has promised to bring its 2010 contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to USD246.8 million.
The Global Fund said it welcomes the donation, which would represent a 27 percent increase from the USD194.4 million that Japan gave in 2009. Total contributions from Japan since the birth of the Global Fund in 2002 now come to more than USD1.2 billion.
“Japan has been a major supporter of the Global Fund since its inception and this new contribution sets an example for other countries at a critical moment for global public health,” Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine said. “By increasing its contributions in a tough economic climate, Japan has reinforced its commitment to removing disparities in global health and renewed hope for millions. We hope other donor countries will follow Japan’s lead.”
The Global Fund will hold its third replenishment and pledging conference in New York on Oct. 5. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair the event.