No Fraud in the Management of HIV Funds in Nigeria – Global Fund
Global The Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has denied any embezzlement or fraud in the fund it has made available to manage HIV treatment and prevention activities in Nigeria.
The clarification was provided by its portfolio manager for Nigeria, Dr Jean-Thomas Nouboussi, who responded to media inquiries regarding allegations of fraud and misappropriation in the management of HIV funds in the country.
In clarifications from Christy Feig, Head of Department of Communications, External Relations and Communications, Global Fund Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, said what was insinuated as fraud was a simple audit review and not an audit report. investigation that may establish fraud or embezzlement or any other problem. .
The fund said there is a big difference between an audit review, which is performed periodically to review the design and adequacy of internal control mechanisms and risk management processes, and an investigation, which is generally a further study of all records to examine whether fraud or embezzlement has occurred.
While emphasizing that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Global Fund has several tools to ensure that Global Fund investments have the greatest impact, he clarified that “there is no had no fraud or embezzlement of Global Fund funds identified in the review”.
Feig, who made the full Global Fund OIG audit report available, also admitted that audit reports can be quite technical and complex to read.
The fund also praised Nigeria, saying the country had an achievement to be proud of in managing HIV and malaria.
“As this was an audit, there was no fraud or misappropriation of Global Fund funds identified during the review. Nigeria is an important country for our work to end HIV, TB and malaria. As you will see in the report, our grants there generally work well for all three diseases. The Global Fund commends Nigeria for the progress the country has made in tackling the three diseases. HIV performance has improved dramatically, with 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 98% of those who know their HIV status on treatment and 95% of those on treatment having a suppressed viral load. Thanks to these advances, HIV infections have fallen by 28% over the past 10 years.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s ability to innovate and adapt has made it one of the few countries in the world to have seen positive progress on HIV. When COVID-19 hit Nigeria in 2020, many clinical facilities were quickly turned into COVID-19 isolation centers The country moved quickly to bring HIV services closer to the people Integrating health services meant that when health workers community were looking for cases of COVID-19, they were also looking for cases of HIV and TB.