Global Fund cancels $574 million for fighting AIDS in Malawi

By Mabvuto Banda LILONGWE (Reuters) – The Global Fund has canceled $ 574 million in grants to Malawi for fighting AIDS and asked for a $ 6.4 million refund over allegations of financial mismanagement, the health minister said on Wednesday. Jean Kalilani said the Global Fund asked for the refund after the ministry of health and the National Aids Commission (NAC) allegedly bought vehicles that were not budgeted for. NAC is a public trust meant to spearhead a national response to HIV/Aids, a pandemic which has wiped out an entire generation of adults in Malawi and left over a million children orphaned. “The Fund has asked us to repay $ 6.4 million for buying vehicles which were not budgeted for and they have also pulled the plug on $ 574 million funding for the next two years because of allegations of financial mismanagement and political abuse,” Kalilani told Reuters.
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