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Togo/Senegal-Management of COVID-19 funds : WHO to take action ?

The African branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) reacted following the publication of the reports of the Courts of Auditors of Senegal and Togo, revealing irregularities in the management of funds for COVID-19.

While the governments of these two West African nations say the opposite, the WHO reaffirms its position of intolerance to financial embezzlement.

The topic was once again raised during a press video conference held on February 9 by WHO Africa between media and health professionals.

“WHO, we have indeed learned information relating to the financial management of funds allocated to the fight against COVID-19 in these African countries”, said Dr Thierno Balde, the head of Covid response operations of the WHO Africa Regional Office.

“Obviously, the WHO has a policy of zero tolerance with regard to the mismanagement of these funds, and we encourage countries to have a very rigorous management of the resources which partners and we mobilize and make available to them in order to be able to respond to the various public health issues,” he added.

Despite these statements, it is unclear whether rigorous and independent investigations will be conducted by the relevant organizations to shed light on this case.

Since December 2022, Senegal has been shaken by demonstrations linked to suspicions of embezzlement and overbilling in the financial management of the health crisis.

Meanwhile, in the country of Faure Gnassingbé, the government has expressed its satisfaction with the report of the Court of Auditors, and this, despite the general indignation aroused by staggering expenses for subjects totally unrelated to the health crisis or difficult to justify.

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