Response to World Health Assembly review of Global Strategy

The World Health Assembly is meeting this week to review progress on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Responding, Transparency International Global Health Director Jonathan Cushing said:

It is vital that the world’s 1.8 billion young people have access to health care. Yet resources allocated for adolescent health are being misused, leading to a scarcity of necessary services, supplies and medication.

Health access is too often compromised by threats ranging from bribery to over-pricing and diversion of critical resources, to proliferation of substandard and falsified medicines.

Globally an estimated $560 billion is lost from the health sector due to corruption and fraud each year.

Fighting corruption through transparency in contracting, service delivery and research in global health can support young people to receive the health care to which they are entitled.
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