The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is backing one of Africa’s biggest mining companies in carrying out a malarial control programme in Ghana. Its decision is  – to say the least – “baffling” the country’s NGO coalition on health. According to one commentator, AngloGold Ashanti was selected as the “principal recipient” of the US$139 million, because it started a malaria programme in some areas of its huge Obuasi gold fields (in January 2006).
However, a scathing report on conditions at Obuasi, published by Action Aid later that year, accused AngloGold Ashanti of causing massive water pollution and leaving bodies of standing water which were fertile breeding grounds for  mosquitoes.