UN Taps US-bound Travelers in Health Drive

    With every plane ride, car rental or hotel booking, U.S.-bound travelers may help save lives against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched March 4 a new program that will allow those traveling in the U.S. to donate USD2 to U.N.-backed health initiatives every time they purchase a plane ticket, rent a car or book a hotel room, VisitBulgaria reports. All donations are voluntary.

    Aiming to build a USD1 billion fund in the next four years, the U.N. will pool the donations together under the MASSIVEGOOD campaign to support programs of the Millennium Foundation and UNITAID.

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