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Global Fund Predicts Resuming AIDS Grants to Uganda by October

The international agency that suspended millions of dollars in AIDS grants to Uganda last week says it likely will resume funding by October.

A spokesman for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Bradford Herbert, said Wednesday that Uganda has taken quick steps to resolve concerns about the mismanagement of agency funding. He told reporters in Kampala the suspension will be lifted as long as progress continues.

Just days after grants to Uganda were suspended, the government appointed an international auditing firm to oversee its AIDS programs. Ernst and Young will run Uganda's Project Management Unit - which disburses grants.

Mr. Herbert said three Global Fund staffers will stay in Uganda to monitor the project and make sure that life-saving drugs are distributed.

A top Ugandan finance ministry official, Chris Kasami, said the government is committed to recovering any money that may have been stolen.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.