posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 04:00 AM
The U.S. refused to give any additional money to the United Nation's international AIDS fight, so Bill and Melinda are helping to pick up the tab.
And additional donation of 50 million dollars from their foundation ups the total to 150 million dollars in the fight against AIDS, Malaria and
The Global Fund, set up 30 months ago, faces a major funding gap. Donors have committed a total of $3.4 billion through 2004, enough to meet its
needs through the end of the year, but pledges for 2005 through 2008 are just $2 billion, far below the $3.6 billion that the Fund projects it will
need in 2005 alone.
On Wednesday, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Randall Tobias rejected a call by the U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a $1 billion contribution in
2005, saying the money it has already given is sufficient. The United States has given about $580 million to Global Fund until now, and has proposed
giving another $200 million for 2005.
"I think that's going to be more than adequate to meet the requirements of Global Fund in terms of getting the money out doors and programs in
place," Tobias said in an interview.
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I have always had enormous respect for Bill Gates. He has an incredible mind for business, and knows how to pander well to consumers. I didn't say I
liked him, but I definitely respect him.
This move by he and his daughter only increases that respect. It shows he is more than just a great thinker, he has a great heart.
[edit on 16-7-2004 by Zion Mainframe]