Statement on Investigation in Cambodia
14 November 2012
An investigation by the Global Fund's Office of the Inspector
General into grants in Cambodia uncovered credible and substantive
evidence of serious financial wrongdoing, on procurement and other
issues. Immediate action has been taken to protect the health of
people supported by Global Fund grants in Cambodia, by adopting
safeguards in procurement, financing and management. The Global
Fund and country stakeholders are also considering potential
changes in implementer arrangements.
The evidence of wrongdoing uncovered by the Global Fund does not
diminish the striking successes and impact that Global Fund grants
have helped achieve through programs implemented by health
officials, civil society organizations and partners in Cambodia.
Recently-completed program reviews show an 80 percent decline in
malaria deaths over the last decade, and a 43 percent fall in TB
prevalence over the same period. These impressive gains, reflecting
the hard work and dedication of health workers, civil society and
partner organizations, are gaining global recognition.
The Global Fund is committed to maintaining its grants in
Cambodia and to expanding safeguards to protect its investments.
Experts warn that continuity of funding grants is essential to
manage the risk of malaria resistance in the entire Asia Pacific
Region, not just in Cambodia. Cutting back on anti-malaria efforts
could have severe consequences.
An investigation report by the Office of the Inspector General
is being finalized, and is expected to be publicly released once it
is completed in the coming weeks. While we cannot comment in any
detail on a report that is not yet concluded, the Office of the
Inspector General affirms that this report does not include any
findings about allegations that officials may have stolen drugs and
replaced them with placebos.
The Office of the Inspector General operates independently, and
it alone determines the content and timing of its investigation
reports. In no case is the timing of a report determined by local
officials in any country where an investigation is conducted.
The wrongdoing uncovered in Cambodia is part of an improved focus
on risk management and a solutions-oriented approach in all Global
Fund operations. The Global Fund is fully committed to principles
of transparency, integrity and constructive engagement.