Arrest NGO chiefs using children to get money from AIDs donors
SEE ALSO :Kenyan NGO wins global TB awardThis noble effort supplemented the US government-funded anti-HIV male circumcision project, which has circumcised more than 1.5 million males since it was rolled out in 2007. Through this project, community mobilisers are tasked with recruiting boys aged above 10, and they must volunteer for the cut. While the intent behind the project is noble, the execution has been fraught with fraud and malpractices in which project implementers seek to enrich themselves through the falsification of documents. Data collected by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and US researchers that was published last week has exposed the high levels of corruption in the circumcision project, derailing the war against HIV and Aids. Project implementers, mostly non-governmental organisations, have opted to use underhand methods to boost the numbers of their clients and with this, increase the level of funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar). The report shows that the project implementers recruit underage boys through coercion and bribery, sometimes without the consent of the boys’ parents. So far, about 35,000 boys have been circumcised without their parents’ consent. This is not only unethical, but it is also dishonest. Cutting corners to engage unqualified circumcisers instead of hiring qualified surgeons, surgical assistants, counsellors, and infection prevention officers expose the boys to additional health risks. It behooves the government to put a stop to this dishonest practice.
SEE ALSO :200 boys undergo the cut in TurkanaRampant corruption has messed up many facets of our lives; it should not be allowed to interfere with initiatives geared towards saving lives or the realisation of Universal Health Care goals.
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