Published on February 27, 2013 at 5:47 AM
"Niger arrested about 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity promoting vaccination in poor countries, ... judicial and police sources said on Monday," Reuters reports. "The new investigation centers on some $1.5 million donated between 2007 and 2010 by the GAVI Alliance, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, donor governments and others," the news service writes, adding, "A source close to the public health ministry said that GAVI had suspended its financing of programs in Niger until the embezzled money was reimbursed" (Massalatchi, 2/25).
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