24 June 2010

Zambia: State Assured of Global Funds

THE Global Fund and the USAIDS have assured Government that they would continue to fund the Ministry of Health, dispelling reports that they had suspended support.

And Health Minister Kapembwa Simbao has assured donors that Government has undertaken measures to address the fraud and corruption at the Ministry of Health.

Global Fund and USAIDS executive directors Michael Kazatchkine and Michel Sidibe respectively assured Mr Simbao, who was leading a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland yesterday of their organisations continued support to Zambia.

This follows reports that donors had suspended funding to the Ministry of Health.

The minister, who was leading a delegation to Geneva held meetings with the two organisations over the last two days.

He explained that Government had identified and was now prosecuting the alleged perpetrators of fraud at the ministry.

The ministry has also changed the principal recipientship from the ministry to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an interim measure while it was still being restructured.

Mr Simbao assured the donors that control systems were being strengthened.

Professor Kazatchkine disputed media reports that the Global Fund had suspended support to Zambia.

Dr Sidibe affirmed his organisation's continued support to Zambia in the fight against HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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