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New York Times Reports On Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With Bednet Suppliers

The New York Times reports on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s suspension of contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after discovering the companies had “paid bribes to health officials in Cambodia.” The newspaper notes, “Although the suspensions raise the possibility that the world will not get the 200 million nets it needs in 2014, a spokesman for the Global Fund … said he was confident no shortage would develop.” Global Fund Director of Communications Seth Faison said the two companies are “still fulfilling their current contracts” and “hopes to have seven suppliers soon,” according to the newspaper. “Both companies cooperated with the investigation and blamed ‘rogue employees’ at subsidiaries, Mr. Faison said,” the New York Times notes (McNeil, 11/20).