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Concern About Loss of Global Funding

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Men’s Health Social Service (MHSS) educating its peer network in the countryside. (Photo: MHSS)

PHNOM PENH, August 5, (Khmer Times) – Projects to stop the spreading of HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and other diseases are in danger of being underfinanced if the Global Fund reduces its donations. 
The Global Fund has announced that it is going to curtail its donations to many NGOs in Cambodia, said Dork Pagna. He is the executive director of Men’s Health Social Service, an organization running such health projects, which will be affected by this measure. 
An NGO officer, who asked not to be named, said that this is Global Fund’s reaction to reports of corruption within the Ministry of Health. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (sexually transmitted disease) Control (NCHADS) is a department of the ministry and is under suspicion. 
NCHADS and MEDiCAM (MEDical + CAMbodia) were reported to the Global Fund in late 2013 regarding corruption.  Donation funds had apparently been used to pay off anonymous staffs. This led the Global Fund cut off its donations to MEDiCAM.
Mr. Dork Pagna said that it is a terrible thing that the funds are being cut. He is very concerned that the planned HIV prevention program “Cambodia 3.0” may not achieve its goals if funding is reduced.

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