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Fraud at the Global Fund? A viewpoint


  • Jonathan C. Brown,

    Corresponding author
    • Harpers Ferry, WV, USA
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    • Acting Director of Country Programs at the Global Fund from May 2010 through May 2011.
  • Wilfred Griekspoor

    1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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    • Chief Financial Officer at the Global Fund from February 2010 through January 2011 and interim Managing Director in 2002.

  • Submission date: September 20, 2012.

Correspondence to: J. Brown, Harpers Ferry, WV, USA. E-mail:


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has contributed to remarkable health improvements in the three diseases since its creation in 2002. However, media reports about “astonishing losses” and fraud in Fund programs in 2011 caused several donors to suspend funding. The Fund's annual round of new financing was canceled, and a substantial reform program is being implemented. Two former senior managers of the Fund contend that fraud was never a major problem; rather than imposing harsh new controls on recipient countries that might impede health outcomes, the Fund should maintain the core elements of its innovative model and make selective rather than sweeping changes in its operations.

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