NAIROBI - A global agency that suspended
millions of dollars in AIDS assistance to Uganda said on Thursday
it would resume funding after agreeing with Kampala on ways to
overhaul the management of the money.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria suspended
five grants worth $367 million in August saying it had found
evidence of mismanagement in the distribution of the money.
The fund is the biggest AIDS-related donor to Uganda, which has
received some $45 million from the Geneva-based body over the
past two years.
The suspension prompted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to
order an investigation into the Project Management Unit (PMU), an
agency set up by the Health Ministry to handle cash disbursed by
"Over the past two months, the Global Fund has been heartened by
the intensive efforts of our partners in Uganda," said Richard
Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund.
"We are very pleased that the progress made enables us to lift
the suspension of Uganda's grants," he said in a statement.
The statement came after an accord was signed between fund
officials and the Ugandan Finance Ministry in Kampala on
Thursday, listing a series of measures "to ensure effective,
accountable, and transparent implementation of funded programs".
The measures included the continued involvement of international
auditors Ernst & Young to oversee the management of the funds.
Uganda has often been praised for leading Africa's most effective
campaign against the AIDS pandemic.
The east African country has succeeded in reducing HIV infection
rates to about 6 percent today, from 30 percent in the early
1990s. However, its emphasis on abstinence-only programmes has
raised concerns among health workers and AIDS activists.