Airline Tax to Help 250,000 Children With AIDS, TB: French Foreign Minister
October 12, 2006
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said the first people to benefit from an international tax on air travel will be some 250,000 children infected with HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. UNITAID, the agency formed by the 19 countries implementing the tax, expects to raise 50 million euros ($63 million US) this year and 300 million euros ($376 million US) in 2007, said Douste-Blazy, who was appointed head of the agency. "I can confirm that I am determined to launch very rapidly the first action by UNITAID," he said, referring to a plan to supply medicines to about 100,000 children with HIV/AIDS and 150,000 with TB late next year. Countries taking part in UNITAID include: Brazil, Britain, Chile, Cyprus, Congo, France, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Norway and South Korea.
Agence France Presse