On 5 April 2014, the US-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation, will travel to Indonesia to join Southeast Asia's largest economy in its combat against malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS as well as to support the country's birth control program through donating a total of USD $100 million. The foundation will also conduct fundraising in Indonesia by inviting various Indonesian businessmen to donate funds for the eradication of aforementioned diseases.
About USD $200 million in funds will be allocated to fight the diseases and support birth control in Indonesia in the next three years. About half of these funds originate from the Tahir Foundation owned by the Mayapada Group (an Indonesian-based conglomerate founded by Dato Sri Tahir), while the other half will originate from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates (1955), co-founder and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, is one of the wealthiest people in the world. Microsoft develops and sells computer software, consumer electronics as well as personal computers and services. The company is best known for its Windows operating system.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was founded in 1997 with the primary aim to enhance global healthcare and fight extreme poverty as well as to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology in the USA.