Global Fund Turns Down $43 Million Grants for Nigerian AIDS Fight
May 1, 2006
On Friday, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria announced it had rejected additional funding requests for two government-run AIDS projects in Nigeria. A second phase of funding of up to $42.7 million had been provisionally allocated for Nigeria's National Action Committee on AIDS. But the Global Fund's reports showed that the projects handled by the committee were not meeting performance targets. Phase one disbursements of $26.4 million from 2004 have been slowed over concerns about project management and the accuracy of data on treatment, according to the report. Rosie Vanek, a spokesperson for the Global Fund, said the announcement does not mean the funding body is ending its support of Nigeria. The Global Fund has reserved about $46 million for future efforts to ramp up HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support in Nigeria. "There will be significant new funds coming to Nigeria to help, with the hope that new projects will do better," she said.
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