Global Fund Freezes Zambia Health Aid

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended more than USD300 million worth of aid to Zambia’s Ministry of Health due to corruption charges.

The suspension follows last year’s decision of Sweden and the Netherlands to put on hold USD33 million of health assistance because the government could not account for the missing USD5 million in donor funding, Reuters reports. The European Union also halted aid for a road construction project for similar reasons.

In an April 28-30 board meeting in Geneva, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report stating that the organization would not sign any new grants until the Zambian government convinced it that the situation was under control, Daily Nation reports.

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