LIBERIA: Health Ministry Denies Stealing $1.1M Global Health Fund

US$1.1m of Donor Fund for Health Programs allegedly stolen by Liberia’s Ministry of Health, Global Fund report reveals; but Health Ministry deny allegations

On April 8, The Global Fund released a damaging report on the Ministry of Health, unearthing alleged acts of corruption amounting to more than US$1M.

As an international organization, the group mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.

In a report released by the Office of its Inspector General on April 8, 2022, the group pointed out the alleged conflict of interest, procurement fraud, overcharging for services rendered, concealing improper payment of fuel taxes, systemic fraud, and misappropriation, among others, amounting to nearly US$1M.

But in a statement issued the Ministry of Health justified that it is “impossible” for Global Fund to report that about US$990,000 from grants provided to the ministry has not been accounted for.

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About Cholo Brooks 17472 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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