The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced investments totaling $150 million from Indonesian businessman and philanthropist Dato Sri Dr. Tahir through the Jakarta-based Tahir Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Tahir Foundation will invest $65 million with the Global Fund in support of the fund's efforts to diagnose, treat, and prevent AIDS, TB, and malaria — the leading causes of death and disability in Indonesia. Over the past decade, financing from the Global Fund has enabled Indonesia to treat one million cases of tuberculosis, distribute nearly nine million insecticide-treated nets to help prevent malaria, and provide nearly 30,000 Indonesians with access to HIV treatments. In addition, Tahir will invest $10 million in efforts to provide women in the country with access to family planning.
Both investments will be matched by the Gates Foundation, which noted that the family planning efforts funded by its Indonesian partner will contribute to the global community's goal of providing an additional 120 million women in the world's poorest communities with contraceptive information, services, and supplies by 2020. Access to voluntary family planning is considered one of the most cost-effective approaches to reducing maternal and newborn mortality.
"The Tahir Foundation is dedicated to serving the less privileged in Indonesia and Southeast Asia," said Tahir, chairman and CEO of the Mayapada Group. "We believe that corporations have a responsibility to support health and well-being in the communities where they work, and our commitment to the Global Fund is a smart investment in Indonesia's future. We also believe that family planning saves lives and gives children a healthy start in life."