Global Fund Suspends Cote d’Ivoire Grants

A batch of antiretroviral drugs, which are used for HIV/AIDS treatment. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis for Malaria has suspended grants to Cote d'Ivoire but will allow procurement of lifesaving drugs if partner organizations have secured approval from the fund. Photo by: Stephen Walli / CC BY-NC-SA Stephen WalliCC BY-NC-SA

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has stopped the disbursement of grants for Cote d’Ivoire, citing the ongoing political tension in the African country.

The fund’s portfolio in Cote d’Ivoire totals euro160 million (USD207 million), with anti-malaria efforts receiving the bulk of the funds, worth euro109 million.

“Due to the current political instability, we have decided to freeze disbursements to principal recipients until further notice,” Global Fund spokeswoman Veronique Taveau told a Jan. 11 press briefing in Geneva.

But the fund said the procurement and distribution of lifesaving drugs for people afflicted with HIV and malaria will continue, so long as partner organizations seek its prior approval, Reuters reports.

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