The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has found another ally in faith-based organization Catholic Relief Services amid allegations of fund misuse for grants in some countires.
“Denying the Global Fund support because of its efforts to uncover and end corruption would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater, though in this case it would literally mean denying millions of babies around the world the lifesaving medicines and care they need to reach their human potential,” Ken Hackett, president of CRS, writes in The Huffington Post.
The International AIDS Society and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization have earlier thrown their support behind the Global Fund, which has been battered by accusations that as much as two-thirds of its grants were siphoned off.
The allegations paved the way for an independent inquiry by the fund. Germany, on the other hand, proposed that international organizations join a review of Global Fund programs in some of the most corruption-prone countries.
Hackett notes: “CRS can also attest to the Global Fund’s rigorous financial controls which uncovered this corruption. It must be recognized that no human endeavor is perfect. You can find corruption at all levels of society, from bribery in governments and defense contractors to embezzlement in small businesses and even local PTAs.”
He adds that the Global Fund is making appropriate changes and getting back to normal operations. Hackett says these allegations of corruption should not diminish the “essential worth” of insitutions such as the Global Fund.
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