Global Fund Suspends Contracts With 2 Mosquito Net Suppliers After Financial Wrongdoing

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday it had suspended contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after uncovering serious financial wrongdoing in Cambodia,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The move followed a probe by Global Fund inspectors into claims of corruption at the suppliers, Swiss-based Vestergaard Frandsen and the Singapore unit of Japanese firm Sumitomo Chemical,” AFP writes, adding, “The investigation found that between 2006 and 2011, staff from the two companies paid a total of $410,000 (305,000 euros) to two Cambodian officials in return for awarding contracts for insecticide-treated bed nets that help prevent the spread of malaria” (11/14). “The nets were found to have been provided on time,” BBC News reports, noting, “The Fund’s executive director, Mark Dybul, said: ‘We cannot tolerate unethical conduct anywhere. Although this case had no direct impact on Cambodia’s fight against malaria, taking commissions in exchange for contracts violates our mission of public service. We remain fully committed to pursuing fraud and taking action when we find it'” (Dreaper, 11/14).