Nigeria, Italy Pledge New Financial Commitments to Global Fund
March 17, 2005
The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday announced that Nigeria has pledged $10 million to the agency, making it the fund's largest financial contributor that also is eligible to receive grants, BuaNews/AllAfrica.com reports (Mabasa, BuaNews/AllAfrica.com, 3/16). Nigeria made the announcement during a Global Fund meeting held this week in Sweden to review its total financial needs and discuss how to best finance programs fighting the three diseases worldwide (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/15). Nigeria, which made a contribution of $10 million in 2002, so far has received $201 million in HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria grants from the fund (BuaNews/AllAfrica.com, 3/16). "President Obasanjo and Nigeria are among the supporting pillars of the Global Fund," Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem said, adding, "Nigeria is facing a potentially catastrophic HIV/AIDS epidemic and suffers from serious malaria and TB epidemics. In light of its problems at home, the Nigerian contribution is a great act of global solidarity. It should inspire other much wealthier donors to do their part to provide the resources necessary to drive back these three pandemics" (Global Fund release , 3/16).
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