May 21 , 2022
The Ministry of Health has cut short a 30 million dollar tender for the procurement of mosquito nets following allegations of discrepancies in the integrity of the bidding process. Floated through the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Agency, the international tender was in the final evaluation stages when the Public Procurement & Disposal Service and the Federal Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission raised alarms over participants' eligibility. Their investigations allege some bidders were participating with invalid licenses, while other did not meet criteria set in the bid documents. Officials at the Ministry have scrapped the bid while they conduct further investigations into the allegations. Ethiopia accounted for around one percent of the 2.3 million malaria cases recorded in 2020, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).