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    Health Aid Group Global Fund Decries Corruption Reports

    French Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of Global Fund, answers journalist's questions about the African Malaria Day, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (File Photo).
    French Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of Global Fund, answers journalist's questions about the African Malaria Day, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (File Photo).

    Officials from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are criticizing recent media reports of misuse of Global Fund grants.  They say the reports are based on incidents that occurred and were acted on last year and contain no new revelations.

    The media reports claim corruption is taking a big bite out of the billions of dollars of grant money disbursed by the Global Fund.  And, they contend as much as two-thirds of some grants are used fraudulently.

    The Fund’s Executive Director, Michel Kazatchkine, says the Global Fund has zero tolerance for corruption and actively seeks to uncover any evidence of misuse of its funds.

    He says the incidents referred to in recent media reports concern the grave misuse of funds in four of the 145 countries that receive grants.  He says those cases figured prominently in last year’s Inspector General’s report.

    “As a result, immediate steps were taken in Djibouti, in Mali, in Mauritania and in Zambia, to recover misappropriated funds and to prevent future misuse of grant money," he said. "In total, the Global Fund is demanding the recovery of $34 million unaccounted for in these and other countries out of a total disbursement of $13 billion.”  

    Kazatchkine says criminal proceedings are underway in Mali, Mauritania and Zambia.  He says the Fund has suspended relevant grants in Mali and Zambia and ended another grant in Mali.

    Kazatchkine says transparency is a fundamental principle behind all of the work of his organization.  He adds the Global Fund is fully accountable to its donors about all of its expenditures and is committed to preventing any misuse of its money.

    ”What is of concern to me, of course, is that this shakes beyond that a global public opinion somehow at a time when governments are under pressure to cut public expenditures and where millions of lives that depend on the Global Fund and the hope the Global Fund is bringing to the world could thus be at risk,” said Kazatchkine.

    Kazatchkine says the lives of 4,000 people suffering from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are saved every day as a consequence of the grant money disbursed by the Fund.  

    He says the Fund and the Office of the Inspector General are strengthening efforts to prevent fraud.  He says so-called higher risk countries are being closely monitored to make sure none of the money goes astray.

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