Obinna Onwujekwe and his colleagues at the University of Nigeria and the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, two of SOAS-ACE partners working on corruption in health care delivery, reflect on The Conversation on how their research is identifying the most damaging practices and what can feasibly be done about it.
“Countries plagued by corruption can attest to the fact that, once it becomes entrenched, it can be found in all sectors of an economy. But in low and middle income countries the health sector is particularly vulnerable, according to Transparency International. This is because competence and integrity are undermined by poor working conditions and weak systems.
This rings true for Nigeria. The challenge is that there’s no clarity on what constitutes corruption in the country’s health sector or the different ways in which it manifests.”