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Global Health
October 17, 2017

Corruption Poses Critical Challenge to Global Health Efforts

JAMA. 2017;318(15):1431. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15460

Global health efforts are vulnerable to corruption in its many forms in low- and high-income countries alike, and the international community needs to work toward limiting this misconduct through international action, advocacy, and research, according to an article in Science Translational Medicine by US and Canadian investigators.

In the past 20 years the global health community has begun to recognize the many ways that corruption can undermine global health efforts, including weakening health systems and negatively affecting public perceptions about global health efforts. And while difficult to measure precisely, the financial costs of corruption are estimated to be in the billions of dollars.