Gates Foundation Announces $50 Million Contribution to the Global Fund at XV International AIDS Conference
July 15, 2004
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday at the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, announced it will contribute an additional $50 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing its total contribution to $150 million, the AP/Billings Gazette reports. Dr. Helene Gayle, director of the Gates Foundation HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program, made the announcement at an evening event hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela. "The Global Fund is an extraordinary model for financing the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria," Gayle said, adding, "We urge governments, the private sector and other donors to dramatically increase their contributions to the fund -- their generosity can help save millions of lives" (AP/Billings Gazette, 7/15). Mandela, who came out of retirement to attend the conference, said that the Gates Foundation's contribution was an important sign of leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
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