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President Bush's AIDS-Fighting Program Fraught With Inconsistencies

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 27, 2006 at 7:44 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
President Bush's AIDS-Fighting Program Fraught With Inconsistencies
Washington - A team of investigators have allegedly found inconsistencies in President Bush's AIDS-fighting program, targeted for the under-privileged nations, which has made it difficult, to gauge the success of the programme.
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Audit officials claim that the three year old AIDS program, valued at $15-billion has not enabled a precise count of the thousands of patients the program has assisted. The Bush administration is now trying to sort out the problems brought to light by the audit.

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Joe Farinella, a well placed regulator at the U.S. Agency for International Development said, "It's not good enough for the auditors to hear from the mission that we did A, B and C but we can't prove it to you, or there's no documentation to prove that we did it."

While accepting the mistakes made, the Bush administration has now forced stringent reporting systems that would seek to hone the correctness of information.

Ambassador Mark Dybul, the administration's global AIDS coordinator said," You could've waited for three years to get all these systems in place and an awful lot of people would have died. Our approach was get the services out, start moving the programs. In many of the cases where they say we can't find documentation, that doesn't mean people aren't getting services; that just means the reporting systems are not in place."



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