US cuts funding to UHMG over fraudulent activities

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has terminated funding to Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) over fraudulent activities.
This newspaper has learnt that officials misused funds under a four-year programme known as the Usaid/Uganda social marketing activity (SMA). This has since resulted in loss of jobs and closure of more than 60 good life clinics across the country.

The USAid/Uganda Social Marketing Activity project worth Shs80.2 billion was launched in April, 2006. At launch of the SMA project, the then chief of party, Mr Dennis Ahairwe, said the project was meant to bring services closer to the youth through private clinics as opposed to public health facilities.
The SMA programme was aimed at creating an integrated, sustainable health market that maximises private sector and social marketing channels to reach out to Uganda’s underserved priority health areas, including HIV/Aids, malaria, family planning, maternal and child health.

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“Please following the acting chief of party (COP) communication to cancel all activities till further notice, this is to inform you that today is your last day in the field,” Mr Moses Sendijja, the SMA regional programme coordinator, wrote in an email.
“This means therefore that latest tomorrow you should check out from your respective hotels and revert to the regional office. This also affects the dedicated service providers,” he added.

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