Political Infighting Causes Zimbabwe to Dissolve AIDS Council Board
March 30, 2001
After allegations of mismanagement and inappropriate political support were fired at the board of the National AIDS Council, Zimbabwe's government announced it would dismantle the board. The board was established last year in an effort to address and coordinate all the AIDS issues and related activities including the management of a trust fund. In the interim, prior to a new board being appointed, a secretariat will be appointed to oversee the fund. Zimbabwe reports that 1 million children have been orphaned by AIDS and 25 percent of the nation's 12 million population is infected with HIV. Last year, Zimbabwe began a 3 percent tax levy to build funds for the fight against AIDS and then established the council to oversee it. But today there is still no established distribution system for the funds to be allocated to health care givers, and so far only 15 percent of the fund has been allocated to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Zimbabwe's Community Working Group on Health has suggested that a more coherent and transparent plan of disbursement is needed.Adapted from:
03/24/01 Vol. 357, No. 9260,; Ahmad, Khabir
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