OIG audit of grants to Pakistan reveals weaknesses in implementation arrangements, and financial and procurement management
An audit by the Office of the Inspector General of grants to Pakistan concluded that while internal controls over programmatic activities are generally effective, there is considerable room for improvement in implementation arrangements, financial management, and procurement and supply chain management.
Programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 17 million lives up to the end of 2014, according to the Results Report 2015 released by the Fund on 21 September. The Fund says that it is on track to reach 22 million lives saved by December 2016, the end of the current replenishment period (see graphic).
Tanzanian NGO Sikika has uncovered the cause of shortages and stockouts of ARVs over 2014, which led to some patients receiving fewer supplies and others having their treatment regimens and medicine brands changed, prompting some patients to experience new side effects.
The Global Fund will seek to recover some $116,000 in misused funds from Tajikistan attributed to improper procurement practices by a government sub-recipient of an HIV grant managed by the UN Development Program.
Reports on audits of grants in Rwanda and Ecuador were released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the end of December.
Catholic Relief Services, the principal recipient (PR) of Global Fund grants for malaria management in Niger, will expand its slate of services responding to the malaria epidemic, with testing and first-line medication.
The Global Fund Secretariat will lift the suspensions of two major suppliers of long-lasting impregnated nets (LLINs) who were found to have paid kickbacks to government officials in Cambodia.
Acting on the recommendations of the Sanctions Panel, the Secretariat also imposed three conditions on Vestergaard Frandsen and Sumitomo Chemical Co in order to remain eligible to compete in tenders for future commodity purchases.
An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into procurement contracts for five malaria grants to Madagascar has found evidence of non-compliant expenditures, over-priced goods and collusion among suppliers. A report on the investigation was released on 3 January.
OIG Investigation in Cambodia Prompts Suspension of Two Top LLIN Suppliers Over $410,712 in Kickbacks
Two suppliers responsible for nearly 50% of all long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) purchased by the Global Fund on behalf of malaria projects worldwide have been suspended following an investigation in Cambodia into widespread fraud and kickbacks paid to government officials.
Procurement costs for HIV, TB and malaria commodities have either come down or remained stable over the past seven years, according to an analysis conducted by Frank Wafula, Ambrose Agweyu and Kate Macintyre at Aidspan. The findings of the analysis are described in a working paper published on April 29, 2013 on the Aidspan website.