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USAID Unplugs Marie Stopes Funding Over Corruption

A number of Marie Stopes employees have been asked to leave
A number of Marie Stopes employees have been asked to leave

    By: Nixon Segawa

  • Feb 24,2015
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Credible sources have revealed that USAID has for now over four months withheld its funding to Marie Stopes Uganda due to embezzlement of funds by the top management.

Marie Stopes Uganda is the largest sexual and reproductive health provider in the country.

USAID funds several Marie Stopes programmes and for more than 20 years it has been funding the nationwide reproductive health outreach programme whose top management was found corrupt, http://dangerdame.com/wp-content/themes/clementine/home.php calling for the closure of the donations.

As a result, the organization has stopped with immediate effect conducting any outreaches and suspended several of its workers since November last year.

“We were told that the outreaches will stop for sometime due to some financial constraints and that management will be communicating when all the impasses are resolved,” a source that called for anonymity revealed.

“Within that week, we learnt that Marie Stopes had on its outreach programme presented before the funders several destinations up country that were never to be reached in reality.”

Marie Stopes is the country's biggest sex and reproductive health provider in Uganda

Marie Stopes is the country’s biggest sex and reproductive health provider in Uganda

“There was a certain village that I won’t reveal, which they claimed to have reached out to, but when USAID sent a representative to follow up, to their surprise, there was not a sign of an outreach and on contacting the concerned authorities within the area, they revealed that they had never seen or received any official from Marie Stopes,” added the source.

This he said, angered USAID officials who made further investigations and found out that there were several other claimed outreached that were never made. As a result, USAID withdrew its funding to the outreach program.

As workers Marie Stopes awaited communication from management, to their surprise, they were told to return the organisation’s uniforms, kits, ID’s, mobile phones and other equipment.

“From yesterday [Monday 23rd], members of the outreach programme have been returning the organization gadgets and we are now officially unemployed and have hope that the programme will one day resume unless it’s taken up by other funders.”

In every outreach, the workers would get between Sh 70,000 to Sh150, 000 every day and they would be paid at the end of the working period.

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