The Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced a commitment of $25 million from Saudi Arabia.
The gift was announced in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to an appeal he made on behalf of the Global Fund. In the decade since the fund was established, Saudi Arabia has contributed $53 million to it.
"I commend King Abdullah for his strong commitment to global health," said Ban. "The world has made great progress against infectious diseases in the past few years. But unless we continue investing, millions of lives will remain at risk. This timely and generous contribution by the government of Saudi Arabia to the Global Fund will advance our shared effort to win this fight."