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NIGERIA: Global Fund suspends AIDS grant

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JOHANNESBURG, 1 May (PLUSNEWS) - The Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the weekend halted US $50 million in grants to Nigeria, citing the country's failure to meet performance targets.

Fund spokesman Jon Liden said the governing board voted to suspend payment on two five-year grants after just two years because Nigeria had missed targets on anti-AIDS treatment access and other goals.

Liden, however, noted that an AIDS grant worth more than $180 million, which the Fund had agreed but not yet formally signed, would not be affected by the vote.

An estimated 3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, the third-largest number after India and South Africa.



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· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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