Global Fund [to 12 December 2015]
Global Fund Encourages People to Speak Out against Fraud and Corruption
08 December 2015
GENEVA – On International Anti-Corruption day, 9 December, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General is launching a campaign to raise awareness about fraud and abuse. Called ‘I Speak Out Now!’, the campaign is designed to encourage people to denounce any wrongdoing that prevents the medicines, health products and services from reaching those who need them.
By the end of 2015, the Office of the Inspector General, the Global Fund’s independent assurance structure, estimates it will have received around 200 allegations of fraud and abuse. This represents an increase of 30 percent compared to last year, largely attributable to better visibility of its whistle-blowing channels. On average, over a third of allegations become investigations, which result in recommendations to recover misspent funds and actions to strengthen the Global Fund’s impact in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The objective of the campaign is to improve the quality and timeliness of allegations that the Office of the Inspector General receives so that the Global Fund can intervene earlier to prevent small scale irregularities from becoming systemic cases of wrongdoing. Targeted audiences include Global Fund staff and grant implementers. Anti-fraud and corruption materials will also be piloted in three countries representative of the Global Fund portfolio: Ukraine, Côte d’Ivoire and Malawi. The Office of the Inspector General plans to extend the campaign to other countries in 2016…