ANN/THE JAKARTA POST – The Indonesian government contributed USD15.5 million to the global effort to eradicate tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS under the auspices of the Global Fund.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said in a statement money contributed to the effort came from the state budget as well as funding by the private sector. The move was the first for Indonesia to become a contributor to the initiative.
“Today, we take a major step forward because for the first time we are not only the recipient but also a donor to the programme,” Budi said in the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, the United States (US).
Budi said the Indonesian government earmarked USD10 million for the effort while another USD5.5 million came from private entities such as Sinarmas, Kalbe as well as charitable foundations like Tanoto and Paloma.