Global Fund Signs Letter of Intent to Award Previously Suspended Grant to Ukrainian HIV/AIDS Program
February 25, 2004
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday announced it has signed a letter of intent to appoint a temporary recipient for part of a grant to a Ukranian HIV/AIDS program that was suspended earlier this year, according to a Global Fund release (Global Fund release, 2/24). The Global Fund in January suspended approximately $6.7 million in payments on grants to three Ukrainian HIV/AIDS organizations because of concerns that the programs were poorly managed and behind schedule in meeting their goals. The Global Fund has approved a total of $25 million in two-year grants for Ukrainian programs. The three primary recipients from which grants were suspended include a Ukraine health ministry program to increase the number of people on antiretroviral therapy from fewer than 60 people to about 4,000 people over two years; a public education program on AIDS prevention organized by the Ukrainian Fund to Fight HIV Infection and AIDS; and prevention programs for injection drug users, sex workers, soldiers and other high-risk groups run by several small organizations under the management of the United Nations Development Programme. The Global Fund as of the end of January had disbursed $7.5 million to the Ukranian programs, but they had spent only about $740,000, according to Global Fund spokesperson Jon Liden (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/2). Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem said, "This new arrangement will allow funds to flow to those who most need it -- the people of Ukraine who are living with HIV/AIDS," adding, "We are committed to help turn around the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine, and we are pleased that we could speedily solve the problems which prevented effective action."
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