GAVI Suspends 3 Programs in Africa

    A child receives MenAfriVac, a vaccine against meningitis, in a campaign in Mali supported by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. GAVI has suspended its cash-based programs in neighboring African countries Cameroon, Niger and Cote d'Ivoire. Photo by: World Health Organization

    The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization has suspended three cash-based programs in Cameroon, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire to pave the way for investigations that will determine whether funds for the programs were misused.

    GAVI said March 30 that its oversight process “raised credible concerns about the use of funds” in the three programs. The total amount in question is approximately $18 million, according to the organization.

    Investigations have started in Cameroon and Niger and will commence in Cote d’Ivoire once the country’s political situation improves, GAVI said. 

    GAVI started an investigation into two cash programs in Mali last year, which it expects to complete in May 2011.

    GAVI added that it will now make public all decisions to suspend any cash program to investigate possible misuse. It said this move is part of its efforts to further increase the transparency of its oversight processes.

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