Global Fund welcomes $800 million contribution from Japan

The government of Japan will contribute $800 million in the coming years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Fund announced on Tuesday.

Seiji Kihara, Japan's parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, made the announcement at the Global Fund's fourth replenishment meeting in Washington. Kihara announced the pledge, which was initially made public during a joint press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attended the press conference.

"We congratulate the government of Japan for further building on its leadership role in the area of global health and its continuous efforts in achieving universal health coverage," Nafsiah Mboi, the chair of the board of the Global Fund, said. "The Global Fund is moving towards an increasingly integrated and comprehensive approach under the new funding model with health system strengthening as a key component."

Since the Global Fund was created 11 years ago, Japan contributed $1.86 billion to battle the diseases, making it one of the fund's top donor countries. The Global Fund said the $800 million commitment underscored Japan's strong and sustained commitment.

"Japan has been a strong contributor and partner of the Global Fund since its inception," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "Japan's role in the fight against the three diseases has been exemplary and we thank the people of Japan for its continuous commitment."