Global Fund hires new chief, fires watchdog and obfuscates on malaria | 

Today was a big day for news out of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The initiative, which has clearly helped turn back the spread of AIDS and these other killer diseases in poor countries, announced it has selected a new leader, Mark Dybul, decided to either kill off or modify a controversial malaria program and also fired its inspector general.

Oh, and it also announced it will give grants to countries that can show the quickest results.

Many, if not most, of these changes can be traced back to 2011 allegations of fraud and mismanagement at the Global Fund made by its inspector general, John Parsons, that were, arguably, highly exaggerated by the Associated Press and other media, and reported as if it was their own investigative reporting expose. Continue reading