Some donors’ decision to suspend approximately $180 million worth of contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria could threaten international efforts to fight the diseases, according to Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine.
Kazatchkine said the suspensions could prompt health officials in aid-recipient countries to rein in their disease fighting programs for fear of a funding shortfall, Reuters says.
Germany, Denmark and Spain have temporarily suspended their contributions to the Global Fund after media reports claimed there was fraud in some of the fund’s programs overseas. The Global Fund countered the news reports and launched anti-corruption investigations. It also announced it will beef up its corruption safeguards.
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