What is the cost? Exploring the burden and impact of corruption in the healthcare sector in Uganda, and the policy options to address it

What is the cost? Exploring the burden and impact of corruption in the healthcare sector in Uganda, and the policy options to address it

What is the cost? Exploring the burden and impact of corruption in the healthcare sector in Uganda, and the policy options to address it

In this webinar, the TWG-AAA will explore the prevalence and cost of corruption in the healthcare sector of Uganda. The findings of a new study on corruption in Uganda which offers detailed estimates of the direct and indirect corruption costs will be discussed, and the drivers of corruption and policy options to decrease corruption in the healthcare sector will be examined.

The study finds that, by the conservative estimate, the overall annual cost of corruption in Uganda equals to more than 9.1 trillion UGX (2.1 billion EUR). With that, the total cost of corruption in the healthcare sector amounts to nearly UGX 670 billion (EUR 156 million per year). This equals to 25% of government spending on health which has been diverted or used inappropriately. These estimates were derived by a mixed methods study which included in-depth interviews with experts and practitioners, and the household survey of healthcare services users conducted in 2021-22.

The discussion will focus on:

  • Drivers of corruption in the healthcare sector in Uganda.
  • The diverse impacts of corruption in healthcare delivery on the vulnerable groups in the society of Uganda.
  • Policy options to decrease corruption in the sector and improve accessibility and quality of health services in Uganda.

 

Speakers:

Mihaly Fazekas, Ph.D., is a Director of the Government Transparency Institute and assistant professor at the Central European University, School of Public Policy.

Olena Nikulina, Data Scientist, Government Transparency Institute

Eleanor Hutchinson, PhD, Associate Professor in Anthropology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Representatives of Ugandan institutions involved in anticorruption (TBC)

 

Moderator

Dina Balabanova, Professor in Health Systems and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, and co-chair of the HSG Thematic Working Group on Action and Accountability and Anti-Corruption for the SDGs