News / Health

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.

You May Like

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid