Ethiopia has decided to throw away 69 million condoms paid for by international donors to fight the spread of AIDS because they are extremely ‘poor quality’.
The country’s Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) bought the condoms in a $2million (£1.38million) contract from an Indian company.
The agency’s director Meskele Lera said said they were taking action to get the suppliers to ‘reimburse the money and cover all costs in the discarding process’.
The condoms were paid for by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria but failed basic tests.
Around 1.2 million Ethiopians have AIDS, according to the World Health Organization, and the disease is spreading, especially in the capital Addis Ababa.
Earlier this year the Addis Fortune magazine reported that the PFSA had filed a complaint and requested blacklisting of the supplier.
It said the condoms were subjected to various tests to check their size in terms of length and width, thickness and quantity of lubricant and packaging.
They were also subjected to a random test.
The agency said 60 batches were randomly tested and found to have holes when tested under simulated bursting effect and pressure.
A source within the PFSA told Fortune that after the random tests they asked the company to take them back and replace them.