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Civil society groups probe alleged global funds’ misuse

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A coalition of civil society organisations has launched an independent inquiry into the alleged misuse of global funding donations to Nigeria in support of fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Coordinator of Projekthope Nigeria, Steve Aborishade, told The Guardian that the idea was to ensure quality of service delivery and judicious use of resources.
He spoke at the briefing on ‘Fund the Fund and Find the Fund.’

The coalition also wants government to put stringent measures in place to ensure that donor funds are utilised efficiently.

It called for a reduction in Nigeria’s over dependence on international donors by increasing domestic funding to HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

An audit by the global body had last week released reports, which allegedly indicted Nigeria in the use of its funds for malaria and HIV interventions.

Worried about the development, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the development.

He also commissioned two committees to begin inquiry into the issue.

Yesterday, some civil society groups in the health sector called on the anti-corruption agencies to ensure total cleansing of the system to ensure a thorough job, noting that it was necessary to restore the confidence of international donor agencies.

Country Director of the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF),
Adetayo Towolari, stressed the need for countries to increase their funding contributions to the global fund.

“As health civil society organisations, we are calling on donor countries to commit to fully funding the global fund for 2017-2019 grant cycle whose target is $13 Billion.

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has positively impacted the world, with Nigeria being one of the biggest beneficiaries.



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