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September 30, 2009 12:00 ET

Mondial Assistance Joins Global Partnership for Humanitarian Aid

"MASSIVEGOOD" Encourages Travellers to Support World Health Initiatives

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) - Mondial Assistance today announced its participation in a new global fundraising initiative, aptly named: MASSIVEGOOD. The aim of MASSIVEGOOD is to encourage consumers to make small, voluntary financial contributions (around $2, for example) when they make a travel-related purchase. The funds will be used by UNITAID, a partner organization of the World Health Organization, to combat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

President and CEO of Mondial Assistance USA, Jon Ansell, joined Prime Minister of the U.K., Gordon Brown, and President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, along with other major players in the travel and tourism space and numerous representatives from around the world to announce MASSIVEGOOD during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23.

"Mondial Assistance is an organization dedicated to helping people, anywhere, any time and this project is a very natural and important extension of that mission," said Jon Ansell. "We are proud to join some of the most respected names in the travel and tourism industry on this joint mission."

MASSIVEGOOD is the first initiative launched by the The Millennium Foundation for Innovative Finance for Health ("Millennium Foundation"). Amadeus, a global provider of technological management solutions for the distribution and sales of travel services, developed this fundraising solution.

For its part, Mondial Assistance, a strategic partner of MASSIVEGOOD, will offer its international call center assistance services to respond by telephone to donor inquiries.

Other partners committed to the project include the World Travel & Tourism Council, Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport, online travel agents Opodo, Orbitz and Travelocity, and American Express.

MASSIVEGOOD will be operational in January 2010 in several countries (USA, UK, Spain, Germany and Austria).

Mondial Assistance is a global leader in specialty insurance and emergency assistance services. Four percent of the world's population, or about 250 million people, are served by Mondial Assistance businesses around the globe. In the United States, Mondial Assistance is a brand name of World Access Service Corp., which is best known for its Access America® brand of travel insurance and assistance services. As one of 29 business units, the U.S. operation serves major travel suppliers, health insurers, credit card, and entertainment companies with insurance products, international travel assistance, and concierge services. Mondial Assistance is part of the Allianz group of companies. For more information please visit:

The Millennium Foundation for Innovative Finance for Health ("Millennium Foundation") is a not-for-profit organization created in 2008 whose mission is to create a sustainable source of needed additional funding to achieve the three health-related Millennium Development Goals agreed to by the United Nations in 2000: to treat and fight life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; to reduce childhood mortality; and to improve maternal health. To achieve its mission, the Millennium Foundation aims to inspire and empower citizens to join a global movement of solidarity dedicated to reducing the glaring inequalities in access to health care between the rich and poor. For more information please visit:

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