Suspended donations to Global Fund could endanger ongoing fight

An executive from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Monday that the recent decision by donors to suspend $180 million of aid could hinder the ongoing fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The suspension of aid from Germany, Spain and Denmark comes in the wake of allegations that the fund has misused donations, according to

The Geneva-based fund has currently suspended payments to Dijibouri, Mali, Mauritania and Zambia after it was was discovered that $34 million was unaccounted for in those four countries. Additionally, the fund has established an independent panel to audit its financial controls.

In the interim, the Global Fund is concerned that health officials in recipient countries might curb their efforts in disease-fighting programs in fear of donations running out, reports.

"I think the money will be paid, but there will be a psychological effect," the fund's executive director Michel Kazatchkine said, according to “If you’re a health minister in a developing country, it will make you hesitate.”

The Global Fund was formed in 2002 with the mission of attracting and managing financial resources that enable other organizations and national governments to administer programs in recipient countries.

To date, the fund has committed $21.7 billion to 150 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases.