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Sweden refuses health aid due to corruption

AFP/The Local · 23 Jan 2011, 09:16

Published: 23 Jan 2011 09:16 GMT+01:00

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Michel Kazatchkine, the executive director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said that Sweden's refusal to meet its commitments would have a major impact on his organisation's plans.

However, after talks with Kazatchkine in Stockholm on Friday, Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson said that Sweden felt more had to be done to prevent its cash falling victim to corruption among recipient countries.

"We are paying greater heed to the danger of corruption so before we commit ourselves to aid, we want to see practical measures put in place to combat this problem," Carlsson told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on Saturday.

According to the paper, Sweden has refused to stump up its 1.5 billion kronor contribution for the period covering 2011 to 2013 since a report by the United Nations last year showed how donors' cash had been diverted by corrupt officials in at least four countries.

Sweden is the biggest per-capita contributor to the fund, which was created by the G8 group of industrialised nations in 2002.

The Swedish contribution "is a significant amount of money for us. The fact that Sweden is stalling on its commitment is not a good sign. We need to know quickly whether we can pour our energies into our aid projects," Kazatchkine was quoted as saying by newspaper.

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"We also believe that we have demonstrated a much greater degree of transparency and that we are doing everything that we can to fight corruption," he added.

The fund, which has an overall budget of $21.7 billion drawn from 150 countries, is the largest single source of funding for three of the world's biggest killer diseases.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:23 January 23, 2011 by soultraveler3
It's good that Sweden is demanding that more is done to make sure that this money gets to the right people. Giving this money is wonderful but if it goes to corrupt officals instead of the people, more victims are made.
11:34 January 23, 2011 by Nemesis
A suggestion.

As the money would obviously goto illegal purposes if it leaves Sweden, why not use for Swedish infrastructure or upgrades to a hopsital or university.
12:01 January 23, 2011 by Mb 65
it's about time someone stood up against this problem. why give the tax payers hard earned money away. why do we have to send money to these countries most of the research into Aids is done by the developing countries. Also want about all the foreign aid that Sweden gives to these countries. they should put this money into the health service and lowering taxes.
12:05 January 23, 2011 by sendia
or they can put it in research for the same cause in Sweden.

Good that they are demanding more proof that it goes to the right people, I know of some so called NGO's doing crappy inconsistent work. Maybe they are not stealing the money but their projects and words amount to no good in the long run, its just some meetings which people forget about in a few days. Further the funding agency should also check if the work is consistent and build upon from where they left last time. Not come up some ad hoc projects whichever is suitable for topic in order to get the funding so that they can draw their salaries on time.
12:21 January 23, 2011 by johnny1939
I am dancing for joy that finally a sane desision comes out of Sweden!!!! I am tired of all the money going to various tyrants and never reaching the people who need it. I do not know what the answer is but there must be a better one then pouring money into a useless cause.
12:32 January 23, 2011 by skatty
"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty."

Edward Gibbon
12:57 January 23, 2011 by lux.veritas
Investigative videos available on the following:

A must see 'house of numbers'.

Dr. Gallo so called discoverer of linked directly to Liton Bionectics, Kissinger and Bio weapons industry creation of viruses from cancers.

Bayer poisoning tens of thousands with AIDS infected medicines (they were never mane fully accountable by the corporate owned courts.

Dr. Horowitz investigations and documentaries, amongst other expert investigations.

Poor countries where there are high levels of malnutrition and disease will suffer a much greater percentage if immune deficiency problems related to other illnesses. These are bundled into the HIV/AIDS afflicted. Top investigative medical investigators are not presented through the MSM, do not receive funding and are not published. Why? Whose purpose does it serve?

What do you believe? Who is telling you? Why are they telling you?

Could it server multiple purposes? profit? Fear?

Yes; immune deficiencies cause terminal illnesses, medically verified.

Early use of So called AIDS medication was a toxic poison and they never told anyone. They even removed the skull and cross bones from the medication. This is murder, this is genocide.

Can we trust implicitly mainstream science, media, governance, corporations or education? As a researcher and investigator; the answer is a resounding NO?

Can we blindly put our education, care, finances and governance in the hands of those we have no idea whose interests they serve?

Human tends to trust unquestioningly those who wear suits, white coats and have diplomas. Our abilities to educate ourselves from various sources, use deductive reasoning and communicate is something we should never take for granted and exercise continuously.

Government misappropriation of funds and poor governance is widespread. Politicians are predominately only good at rhetoric, prevarication, misdirection and getting themselves into power and little else. Sane rational reasoning will see the facts and history as self-evident.

Invest in people, people are the future. They solve problems, invent, create, develop; not corporations, bankers, Frankenstein science and the infirm elite/ powers that be.

Many NGO Public-Private/Corporate-Partnerships have been brought into question, to put it mildly. Many people are tired of the lies, deceptions, robbery and inhuman environmentally unfriendly practices.
13:16 January 23, 2011 by GLO
GOOD !!!! Give services, drugs, food.... Nothing else !!! Fools who send money are buying Condos on the Med... Good for Sweden, Who woke up ????
13:33 January 23, 2011 by roaringchicken92
Corruption in the charitable giving arena is the worst form of depravity in humanity. If you have fame and/or wealth, you will never succumb to AIDS or a host of any other "incurable" diseases; your donation will just become part of somebody's salary. Let the money go immediately, and in its entirety, to where it can be of tangible and manifest use for Sweden. Great news!
14:05 January 23, 2011 by kcussmilsum
Isn't the Swedish government already using collosal amounts of tax payer money supporting the immigrant terrorist asylum seekers, which by the way also dry out the funding of the social welfare system?

Sweden should actually be using this money for internal strengthening of the healthcare system and or, funding to hire more police to serve and protect scociety and government intelligence agencies like Sapo to combat domestic terrorism.

Just sayin' : )
15:51 January 23, 2011 by Jan M
Presumably this has been the case for some time and Sweden hasn't in the past felt the need to make a stand. Budget cut in disguise?
16:02 January 23, 2011 by Puge Henis
Good job Sweden.

Finally growing a pair! Never too late!

A pat on the back for ya!
19:23 January 23, 2011 by senlac

err - what are you talking about?
20:04 January 23, 2011 by voiceofreason
NGO is another name for corruption.
21:44 January 23, 2011 by Jan M
I'd be interested to know whether the discovery of massive corruption in the Swedish Red Cross prompted a similar response. In fact let me guess........
03:58 January 24, 2011 by wenddiver
Good Work Sweden, the answer is Medicine and Doctors, cash payments to the Ex-Soviet Stooge Dictators that rule Africa is an obnoxious waste of the tax payers good efforts. Real Help will always be appreciated, cash payments to prop up the local tyrrants,just re-inforces tyrrany.
09:07 January 24, 2011 by Keith #5083
Interesting facts follow-up

12:58 January 24, 2011 by karex

Thank you. Nice to know someone else is on my court. I frequently get accused of haughty "wanting to know more than the specialists" when I point these types of things out.

We can read, can't we? And so much can be found on the internet nowadays - including published medical journals. So why can't we question the powers that be? Just because you don't wear a white lab coat or have the "Dr." before your name?
21:04 January 25, 2011 by bob3000
There has been a lot of discussion about how Sweden and the international community gives aid.

Giving cash does not seem to be a sensible solution.

From experience, Swedish surveying equipment and training were offered and given for a national project in a 2nd World country (as designated by the UK Govt.) - The officials were very disappointed about this - i.e. not getting cash.

6 months later - the project had not progressed, Equipment locked in a basement. Clearly demonstrating that the project was a smoke screen for harvesting cash.

As was suggested by SIDA, it might be better to offer services and goods from Sweden and

Swedish companies, rather than putting cash into slush funds - thereby re-circulating the tax money (where the aid funding originates) back into the Swedish economy directly.
15:29 January 26, 2011 by Global Fund
In reference to this article, The Global Fund would like to make the following statement:

How the Global Fund protects its grant money

Two articles published by the Associated Press in recent days and picked up by a large number of media outlets have seriously misrepresented the extent of fraud discovered in grants financed by the Global Fund.

Media reports alleging that "billions of dollars have been misappropriated from the Global Fund" or that the extent of fraud uncovered is "massive" are irresponsible, false and misleading.

To date, the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General has undertaken audits or investigations in 33 of the 145 countries where the Global Fund has grants. As a result of this, the total amount of misappropriated or unsubstantiated funds that the Global Fund is demanding to be returned at present is $34 million. While all fraud is unacceptable and the Global Fund is taking strong and firm action to recover such losses, one should keep in mind that this amount represents 0.3 per cent of the total amount of $13 billion disbursed to countries by the Global Fund so far.

In short, the vast majority of Global Fund resources are delivering tremendous progress in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria and saving millions of lives through the hard work of thousands of hard-working, honest health workers around the world.

Some media reports have also stated that the controls in place to monitor flows of Global Fund financing to countries are non-existent or inadequate. These reports are false and misleading.

Global Fund grants are subject to a rigorous system of financial controls. All grant spending is verified by an independent agency which is required to report at least annually (and in many cases quarterly) on grant progress. All grant progress reports are posted online.

In addition to these controls, the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector General provides an additional independent layer of oversight and scrutiny to uncover wrong-doing.

The Global Fund is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and has acted upon each instance of misuse of its resources by taking strong and swift action, by suspending grants, freezing cash disbursements and by demanding a return of misused funds.

In addition, its Board of Directors has put in place a long-term plan to ensure that the Global Fund remains fully capable of detecting and preventing fraud and corruption.

Communications Team -

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
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