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At UN, Of Global Fund & Blazy, Jim Kim, Malaria & Myanmar, Ban On the Run?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 23 -- At malaria day at the UN on Monday, questions of gaps emerged and were largely dodged. Inner City Press asked Jeffrey Sachs about the resistant strains of malaria, starting along the Myanmar - Thailand border. He replied that resistant is a misnomer, it's a product of mono therapy.

  Ray Chambers promoted a company in Geneva which he says may solve this problem. But until it does? Inner City Press asked Chambers about the Global Fund scandal, and when it will be back up and running. By the beginning of next year, Chambers said. And until then?

  Gabriel Jaramillo, former Banco Santander and Sovereign Bank executive, was supposed to be at the press conference but wasn't. So Inner City Press went to a chicken lunch in the re-opened replacement Delegates' Dining Room. There, Jaramillo said he would keep his answer short, "because my chicken will get cold."

  Chambers, another finance titan, spoke up incoming World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim and even praised Philippe Douste Blazy and UNITAID, whose project to raise money with airplane tickets not only failed but was exposed as corrupt. Click here for Inner City Press' first exclusive story. So much for accountability.

  A representative of Medecins Sans Frontieres in the audience spoke up about a major increase of malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Inner City Press asked where and was promised a press release tomorrow). Note that the UN has stonewalled on its waste of funds in Walikale in Eastern DRC in the "Meece's Mills" scandal exposed by Inner City Press, here.

  The representative of the Gates Foundation, contrary it seemed to Jeff Sachs' downplaying of the resistant strains in Myanmar and Thailand, said these are a problem.

  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced, would speak to the press about Myanmar at 5:30 pm. Then a 5:45 photo op with the Azeri Ambassador was added. Fifteen minutes for presentation and questions? Resistant, indeed. Watch this site.

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