23 April 2020
There were over US$2 million of non-compliant and fraudulent transactions in purchases of goods and services under the Global Fund’s HIV/AIDS and TB/malaria/Health System Strengthening grants in Sierra Leone, during 2016, 2017 and 2018. For the HIV/AIDS grant, non-compliant procurements included bid-rigging, overcharging, product substitution and non-delivery of goods. The TB/malaria/Health System Strengthening grant was affected by fraudulent procurements and payments, and by overcharging for hotels and catering. Oversight errors by the Global Fund’s Fiscal Agent, as well as weaknesses in the terms of the Fiscal Agent’s contract, facilitated these non-compliant and fraudulent transactions.
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