UNITAID

UNITAID

UNITAID is a financial mechanism that is engaged in finding new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively. It raises funds for global health initiatives in low-income countries through taxes on airline tickets and other innovative financing tools. Launched in 2006 by the governments of Brazil, Chile, France, Norway, and the United Kingdom, UNITAID is now comprised of 29 member countries as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. UNITAID’s main objectives are to increase access to effective and safe products that address public health concerns; to support the adaptation of products targeting specific populations; to ensure the sustainability of affordable products; and to assure product availability in sufficient quantities and timely delivery.