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Written by: Norvisi Eyiram Mawunyegah

Date: 22nd March 2021

Sexual acts and money are requested from people with AIDS and HIV by officials of a Ghanaian organization under global fund before acquiringhealth benefits. This mentioned in an investigation conducted on the said group NAP (Ghana Network Association of people living with HIV). Although accounts of this findings not made public, investigationsshow how victims are been mishandled by officials they “Abused their positions of power and fostered a culture of sextual and financial exploitation.” the report said.

“The Global Fund’s governance policy framework in relation to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) is inadequate,” it stated.

The fund Executive Director Peter Sands expressed disgust and abominable thought released in an address on Friday saying he was “deeply disturbed” by the results and that the action was “abhorrent”.

He indicated “zero tolerance” for sexual immoralities, and necessary measures been worked out for checks and balances in the firm.

The said organization has not made any claims to the situation but made a comment through its advisoryboard. They receive grants indirectly from other partners to build up a better firm but all for their own interest.

The organizational board in a statement, pointed out among all the accused officials one denied any claims and stated they have right to recheck their findings. The Global Fund is a group of governments, civil society and private sector partners which invests around $4 billion a year to fight infectious diseases.

Investigators indicated the abuses reported inwardly in July 2019, happened between 2010 and 2019 and connected to actions linked to Global Fund grants. Nine people affirmed sexual exploitation and abuse by NAP+ executives,43 witnesses confirmed to that along side investigation by Ghana police. The United States been the major donor contributed $17.6 billion to date, according to the Fund’s website. Other major donors include Great Britain, France and Canada.