OIG audit identifies major deficiencies in the implementation of grants to Nigeria

10 May 2016
Ineffective implementation arrangements in a large federal state said to be at the heart of the problem
Secretariat believes that is has implemented measures to adequately minimize the risks

Despite efforts made the Secretariat and despite significant investments – over $800 million in the past few years – there are still major deficiencies in the Nigeria portfolio’s internal controls, affecting procurement and supply chain management, financial management, and program management.


OIG releases reports on three investigations

19 Apr 2016
Non-compliant expenditures were found in TB grants to India and Bangladesh, and a malaria grant to Guyana

Between 29 March and 13 April 2016, the Office of the Inspector General published reports on three investigations – one each in India, Guyana and Bangladesh. The OIG identified non-compliant expenditures ranging from $56,966 for a malaria grant in Guyana to $311,637 for a TB grant in Bangladesh. This article provides a brief summary of the OIG’s findings.



Kenya takes steps to reduce the risk of treatment disruptions

5 Apr 2016
Serious shortages of TB drugs occurred in 2014
Risks of additional shortages identified

In response to shortages of TB drugs experienced in 2014, and to risks that have been identified of additional shortages for drugs used for all three diseases, Kenya has put in place various measures to reduce the risk of treatment disruptions.


OIG says that the Secretariat’s operational and financial controls are generally effective

21 Mar 2016
Some weaknesses noted in post-disbursement controls; and in procurement controls, especially at the PR level

The Office of the Inspector General has awarded the Global Fund Secretariat generally high marks with respect to compliance with key internal policies, particularly operational and financial controls. The OIG released a report on an audit into these functions on 4 March 2016.


Fund addresses shortages of ARVs in Uganda

20 Feb 2016
A full-year’s supply is being front-loaded

In January, in response to a shortage of antiretrovirals in Uganda, The Global Fund Secretariat arranged to procure a supply of the drugs. In addition, as a precautionary measure, the Secretariat is providing Uganda with a full year’s supply of drugs, the first batch of which is expected to arrive in March. This comes as a relief to the 241,000 Ugandans who are receiving ARVs purchased with money from The Global Fund.


New tender for bednets produces projected savings of $93 million over two years

21 Jan 2016
About one-fifth of the nets will be manufactured in Africa

As a result of a new tender for insecticide-treated mosquito nets, The Global Fund projects that it will achieve savings of $93 million over the next two years. The Global Fund expects to make $350 million in mosquito net purchases in that time period through its pooled procurement mechanism.


New strategy will allow the Global Fund to play a more active role in shaping markets

19 Nov 2015
Strategy covers countries transitioning away from Fund support
Supports efforts by countries to keep the costs of medicines low, including by promoting generic competition

The Global Fund’s new market-shaping strategy is designed to allow the Fund to play a more active role in shaping market dynamics to increase access to health products. The new strategy, which was adopted by the Board at its meeting on 16-17 November, includes a section on preparing for when countries transition away from Fund support.


OIG investigations in 2015 show that misuse of funds occurs most often in procurement, construction and training

18 Nov 2015
OIG calls for a more systematic approach to prevent misconduct

According to the Office of the Inspector General, the main source of misconduct identified this year through its investigations has been activities related to procurement. “Non-competitive tenders, fictitious invoicing and collusion between suppliers and procurement or finance managers have frequently led to fraud,” the OIG said.

This information was contained in the semi-annual progress report prepared by the OIG for the Board.


Progress made in implementing AMAs, but concerns expressed about overdue AMAs

18 Nov 2015
Half of all outstanding AMAs are overdue, OIG says

Although significant progress was made since the last Board meeting on implementing agreed management actions, the total number of overdue AMAs and the proportion of overdue AMAs have both increased.

This information was contained in a paper prepared by the Office of the Inspector General for the Board meeting on 16-17 November. The paper included a response from the Secretariat.


Emails released by the U.S. State Department contradict statements by the Fund concerning the resignation of Michel Kazatchkine in 2012

3 Nov 2015

According to a news report by Agence France Presse (AFP), a series of emails recently released by the U.S.