May 21, 2002
The condoms, worth about $60,000, were paid for and imported to Tanzania by the UN Fund for Population Activities, Mwinyi said. The fund purchased the condoms from a company in Singapore that contracted a manufacturer in Qingdao, China, to make the prophylactics, said Mwinyi, who did not know the name of either company. Condoms are readily available in shops throughout Tanzania, but most cost more than the average Tanzanian can afford. The Chinese condoms were earmarked for free distribution at health clinics and other places. Without the 10 million Chinese condoms, the health ministry has only one month's supply of condoms left, although the government is currently working to secure a fresh batch, Mwinyi said.