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News Outlets Examine Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With 2 Bednet Suppliers

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended contracts with two international firms that supplied mosquito bednets over ‘serious financial wrongdoing’ in Cambodia,” The Guardian reports. “Contracts with Vestergaard Frandsen and Sumitomo Chemical Singapore were suspended on Thursday pending a full review after a two-and-a-half-year investigation,” the newspaper writes, adding, “A report published by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General found that between 2006 and 2011, the suppliers paid commissions to two Cambodian officials from the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), totaling $410,000 (£304,534), in return for awarding contracts for insecticide-treated bednets, which help prevent the spread of malaria” (Ford, 11/15). “The report, released Friday, implicates senior officials of [CNM] and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD Control (NCHADS), both arms of the Ministry of Health, as well as Medicam, an umbrella network of health [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], of participating in a network of bribery, as well as double- and triple-charging donors for the same expenses,” according to the Cambodia Daily (Hruby, 11/16).