The has announced two new ways to contribute to the Global AIDS and Health Fund first proposed by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.
Donors can now contribute to the Fund by visiting the foundation's Web site, which was originally set up to execute philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift in support of UN causes. Donations can also be made by phone to 001-866-AIDS-FUND. The foundation has been accepting funds by check or wire transfer. Those wishing to contribute by mail may send checks payable to "UNF — Global Fund" to the United Nations Foundation, ATTN: Global Fund, Post Office Box 21001-1899, Pasadena, CA, 91110-1899.
According to recent reports, the transmission of HIV/AIDS worldwide continues to rise, with some estimates putting the number of people living with the disease at more than 36 million. Almost 50 percent of those are women and the vast majority of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly four million people became newly infected in 2000 alone. Annan has called on governments, private foundations, and corporations in the developed world to contribute at least $1 billion to the new fund, which will also address other infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and malaria. Worldwide, tuberculosis affects more than 23 million people. And malaria continues to be a public health problem in some 90 countries, where it affects 40 percent of the world's population.