AIDS victims allege fund misuse

Chitwan, December 30:

The HIV/AIDS affected people have alleged that the funds meant for their wellbeing were being diverted elsewhere.

Speaking at a programme organised by National HIV Federation here today, the HIV/AIDS affected people said non-government organisations working to support people affected with HIV/AIDS have been misusing funds meant for their treatment and education of their children to buy luxury vehicles for private use.

Central president of the federation Rajiv Kafle warned that they would be forced to launch an agitation to secure their rights if such misuse was not stopped. Claiming that the affected people have the rights to launch such kind of agitation, he said, “We would take up the agitation in a political way.”

He said the state had received Rs 2.72 billion from the Global Fund in the last five ears. “Only

Rs 37.5 million of the amount has been channelled through NGOs run by the HIV/AIDS affected people. Similar is the situation with $ 25 million provided by DFID,” he alleged.

Saying that the HIV/AIDS affected people needed to be extended minimum possible arrangement to live an ordinary life, Kafle said the state should manage such arrangements for the HIV/AIDS victims.HIV/AIDS affected people from 56 districts took part in the programme.