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Global Fund Pulls Myanmar Grants

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Science  26 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5739, pp. 1312
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5739.1312a

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The Global Fund to Treat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has canceled nearly $100 million of grants that over 5 years would have helped Myanmar fight the three diseases. Citing concerns about Myanmar's new restrictions on travel and procurement of medical supplies, The Global Fund announced the unprecedented decision to retract grants on 19 August, saying the ambitious effort to prevent and treat these diseases "cannot be managed in a way that ensures effective program implementation."