Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Helping children with AIDS by tax on airfare

Unitaid in Geneva has convened 5 nations (France, Brazil, Britain, Norway and Chile) who will collect a "solidarity contribution" from air passengers to raise $300 million a year for children with AIDS other infectious diseases. Some experts warned against allocating money to drugs when the infrastructure and medical personnel aren't in place. But Ira Magaziner of the William J. Clinton Foundation said the new program would provide a reliable source of financing for the medicine and diagnostics.

France already supports Unitaid with a 4 euro charge on every international economy ticket and a 40 euro charge on first class ones.

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