One more fraud investigation for Kenya’s public sector . . .

And another one that involves preying on the poor.

Daily Nation“Kenya under probe for misuse of HIV funds”:

Kenya is under investigation for corruption and fraudulent use of money meant for fighting HIV, malaria and tuberculosis donated by the Global Fund.

According to the Fund, a procedural audit in August provided sufficient indications that there is theft, abuse and misappropriation of its money.

The country will also be investigated for rampant diversion of malaria drugs meant for public hospitals into the local and regional markets.

A recent report by the Fund’s Office of the Inspector General says Kenya is among 10 other countries whose routine audits last year justified formal investigations.

According to its charter, the Fund carries out formal investigations when it identifies potential fraud, abuse, misappropriation, corruption and mismanagement.

The Inspector General’s Office also says it has identified instances of organised thefts of anti-malarial drugs in several countries in Africa.

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A study published in a December issue of the journal Research and Reports in Tropical Medicine estimated that 38 per cent of first line malaria drugs — artemisinin-based combination therapy — sold in Nairobi are taken from government supplies.

Here are the Kenya country grant statistics from the Global Fund website showing that since early 2003 roughly $269M have been disbursed under grants for Kenya.