New PMU to help with AIDS cash

UGANDA: New PMU to help with AIDS cash

JOHANNESBURG, 2 Sep 2005 (PLUSNEWS) - Uganda is to bring in international auditing firm Ernst and Young to provide temporary management of the money pledged by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Fund recently announced the suspension of five grants worth more than US $200 million to the east African country, after an audit by business services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) found evidence of "serious mismanagement".

Uganda had set up a Project Management Unit (PMU) to deal with Global Fund pledges, but the unit was disbanded shortly after PWC released the results of its investigation.

The BBC quoted Ugandan State Minister for Health Mike Mukula as saying, "We have agreed that [auditors] Ernst and Young act as the PMU, to be able to go through the transition period."


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