Sweden Defers Global Fund Commitments

The Third Replenishment Meeting for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria held in London. Sweden has deferred committing money to the Global Fund amid concerns over alleged misuse of grants in Africa. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

Sweden has deferred committing money to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria amid concerns over the alleged misuse of USD25 million worth of grants in Africa, the Lancet reports.

“Sweden is doing this because we would like to ensure to the maximum that resources are used to achieve the intended health outcomes and nothing else. We want to see progress on the broader reform agenda of the Global Fund. And we will continue our dialogue with them through the fall,” the Lancet quotes Swedish AIDS Ambassador Anders Nordström, who announced at the latest replenishment conference of the Global Fund that his country will not be making any pledges.

Nordström said Sweden wants to see how the Global Fund will handle the defrauding reports, which involves grants to Cameroon, Zambia, Mali and Mauritania, the medical journal notes.

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