UNITAID an organization that aims to increase access to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria drugs in developing countries, The Namibian/AllAfrica.com reports.
UNITAID was formed by France and 19 other nations that have set aside a portion of their airline tax revenues for treatment programs.
Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the minister of finance, said that Namibia has signed an agreement that commits the country "to introduce some form of solidarity levy to support UNITAID."
Yann Wang -- charge d'affaires of the French Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia -- said that the U.N. Millennium Development Goals -- which include reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria by 2015 -- could not be reached without innovative funding mechanisms. "Each year we record a $50 billion gap to achieve that goal ... this must be corrected," Wang said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said that the burden of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in Namibia hinders the country's efforts to reach the Vision 2030 development goals, as well as the MDGs.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation