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Global Fund Freezes Health Fund Payment to China

China’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the Geneva based Global Fund’s freeze on funds will significantly impact disease prevention against Malaria, Tuberculosis, and AIDS in China. MOH hopes “the Global Fund Secretariat solves the problem and restores the funding as soon as possible in a transparent, fair, positive, and cooperative manner.” 

According to the Associated Press, the funding that was frozen is worth hundreds of millions of dollars to China; it was “over concerns about misuse of the money and the government’s reluctance to involve community groups.” The fund spokesperson said that China “breached an agreement that a third of all grant money go to grass-roots groups and that local governments were not providing a full accounting of the spending.”

China National Radio, June 10, 2011

AP, June 10, 2011