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UNITAID STATEMENT ON MASSIVEGOOD LAUNCH

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A new initiative to raise money for health

UNITAID welcomes the announcement today of the MASSIVEGOOD initiative, established to provide additional funding for UNITAIDs work in expanding access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Launched by the Millennium Foundation, a Swiss based foundation supported by UNITAID, MASSIVEGOOD brings together leading companies in the travel industry to kick off an individual and corporate movement in the United States to raise funds for global health. 

We look forward to this initiative becoming significant, said Jorge Bermudez, Executive Secretary of UNITAID. We have already achieved a lot. With MASSIVEGOOD contributions, we hope to be able to expand our work and treat more children, women and men and give them a chance of a longer, productive life.

In the coming months, anyone in the United States buying an airline ticket online will be given the option to donate $ 2 to support UNITAIDs work in treating people with HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the worst-affected and poorest countries in the world.

UNITAID, an innovative financing mechanism for the purchase of treatments for the three pandemic diseases, has been operational since September 2006. In just over three years, it has delivered over 21 million treatments to 93 countries and has raised $ 1.3 billion. Supported by 29 members, a large part of UNITAIDs finances come from a small levy applied on air tickets in a number of member countries, such as France, Chile and South Korea, to name just a few.

This financing model has worked so well that we thought we would extend it to a voluntary contribution scheme, said Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chair of UNITAID and the Millennium Foundation. We are hopeful that people across the United States and other countries will rise to the call and help, with just a single click, to close the health gap between the rich and the poor.

Contact: Daniela Bagozzi, UNITAID Communication, Mob. +41 79 475 54 90; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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