Global Fund freezes aid to Zambian health ministry

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3310
  1. Philip Wilson
  1. 1BMJ

    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says it has not disbursed money to Zambia’s Ministry of Health since August 2009 after investigating allegations of corruption.

    Grants to the government worth $137m (£92m; €110) have been frozen, although the fund says that $17m has been distributed through other channels to avoid disrupting lifesaving services.

    The Global Fund is a public-private partnership that aims to increase funding for interventions against HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. It says it decided to freeze the grants after it found evidence of expenditure that could not be accounted for.

    In a statement released on 16 June it said, “The freeze in disbursement came after Zambian authorities last …

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