U.S. Ambassador Warns on Abuse of Global Fund

Sporting United were dealt a major blow to their premier league promotion quest after stumbling to 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paidha Black Angels away at Bar Okoro stadium in Zombo district on Thursday afternoon.

The two arch-rivals entered the game in an extreme frosty relationship that stretches back to the aborted first leg in Lira in November.

The game was abandoned towards the end with a 1-1 scoreline prevailing. However Fufa competitions committee ruled in favor of the hosts stating that Paidha caused the abandonment thus awarding Sporting United three points and three goals a decision that didn’t go well with the West Nilers.

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Paidha opted not to ‘waste money’ on appeal but rather ‘revenge’ on pitch in the returning leg.

The goals
Stephen Mwaka opened the floodgates with arguably the fastest strike in the division striking inside the first 30 seconds from the kickoff before Abraham Ogus doubled the first half lead on 24th minute. Victor Eweko  completed the rout in the 70th minute.

The loss leaves the Lira side trailing Onduparaka FC by six straight points after the Arua side overcame Ndejje University by a single goal earlier on Wednesday in Luweero.

In other matches in the Elgon group, website like this http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-81bec7dbe680c8f3bf5a3fded05f7855.php Busia Fisheries embarked on their second leg campaign with a hardfought 1-0 win over Kira Young in Busia, ampoule http://demo.des.net.id/hotel/wp-includes/default-filters.php same result that Water FC registered against Bukedea TC Fc in their survival fight. Artland Katale failed to pick maximum points against Boma young.

Elgon Table standing.Onduparaka lead the race with 35 points after 16 games, http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/simplepie/copyright.php six more than second placed Sporting United who have a game less. Artland keep dropping since beginning of second leg and stand third with 25 ahead of Ndejje University and Busia Fisheries who are separated by goal difference on 24 points though the latter has played only 12 games.

CRO fc, Water Fc, Kira young all rooted in the red zone afte accumulating 13 points. Baza is last with a dozen.

Elgon results.
Ndejje 0-1 Onduparaka -Luweero

Busia Fisheries 1-0 Kira young -Busia inter P/s

Artland K 1-1 Boma -Mashariki, Ebb.

Water fc 1-0 Bukedea -Mengo ss

Paidha Black 3-0 Sporting UTD -Bar Okoro
The United States Ambassador to Uganda, no rx http://chopcult.com/ironheadtrev/classifieds/uploads_classified/142000/141885/images/secure.php Deborah Malac ?has Friday expressed alarm at the theft of funds and medicine under the Global Fund programme, order remarks that point to a possible future punitive action by the donor.

The Global Fund was previously suspended over corruption and misuse by Health Ministry officials.

In a brief statement, salve the new U.S. envoy said the latest Global Fund report on Uganda “demands the immediate attention of anyone concerned with country’s health and prosperity.”

She said the Global Fund audit of Uganda notes ineffective supply chain, theft of medicine, and failure to spend millions of dollars in assistance on drugs.

Malac said she was “truly dismayed to read the shocking details of Global Fund audit of Uganda’s health management systems.”

In an audit of Global Fund grants in Uganda, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the following problems: pervasive stock-outs of key medicines, unexplained stock differences, funds that could not be accounted for, lapses in services provided to patients and poor grant oversight by the Ministry of Health.

The case has been referred to the OIG’s Investigations Unit for further review and the Global Fund is putting in place a number of corrective measures.

The Global Fund has disbursed US$623 million to the Republic of Uganda since 2002.

Officials say the country has made significant headway in the treatment of the three diseases, for example: new HIV infections have decreased from 140,000 in 2010 to less than 100,000 in 2014, the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV has gone up from 21 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in 2014; and malaria prevalence in young children has decreased from 42 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2015.

The OIG auditors identified stock-outs of key medicines; particularly those to treat HIV, in 70 percent of 50 health facilities visited which could result in treatment disruption for patients.

Furthermore, 54 percent of the health facilities visited had accumulated expired medicines. 68 percent of facilities reported stock-outs of anti-malaria medicines and test kits and 64 percent of the facilities reported stock-outs of tuberculosis medicines of between one week and three months.

Supply chain

The OIG concluded that the supply chain system does not “effectively distribute and account for medicines financed by the Global Fund.”

There were reported cases of theft, including 40 cartons of artemisinin-based combination therapies; an unexplained difference of US$21.4 million between recorded and actual stocks at the central warehouse; and a difference of US$1.9 million between commodities received and actually dispensed to patients from January 2014 to June 2015 in eight high-volume facilities visited by the auditors.

The OIG also noted problems around the data which are essential to ensure quality of services and to inform decisions to fight the three diseases.

For example, 30 percent of facilities visited had either under or over-reported results related to malaria; 43 percent of patients were treated for malaria without a confirmed diagnosis and/or with negative results.

Twelve per cent out of the 50 facilities visited were testing for HIV using expired test kits and, contrary to national guidelines, 14 percent of facilities visited did not perform confirmatory tests on clients diagnosed as HIV positive. This increases the risk of patients getting false HIV results.

Uganda has aligned its anti-retroviral therapy policies to the latest guidelines from the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. This has not only increased the number of people qualifying for HIV treatment (estimated to be 260,000 in 2016) but has also resulted in a funding gap of US$92 million for HIV and 9 million for tuberculosis. If unaddressed, this funding gap will result in treatment disruption in the future.

Despite this under-funding, the authorities also have difficulties in using the money that they receive.

The OIG noted that only 46 percent of funds disbursed to the Ministry of Finance between January 2013 and June 2015 had been spent at the time of the audit. This low absorption rate is attributed to protracted procurement and recruitment processes.

The Ministry of Finance is a pass-through Principal Recipient and has delegated most of its role to the Ministry of Health. The OIG noted lapses in Principal Recipient oversight and inadequate financial management by the Ministry of Health.

Financial transactions are recorded using basic software which is prone to human error and not secure. The current financial management system has also been unable to effectively support processes such as budget monitoring, advance management and tracking of value-added taxes paid with grant funds.

The Global Fund is working with the Ministry of Health to address the implementation problems identified by the OIG as well as seeking to recover any lost assets.

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