Global Corruption Report 2006

Special Focus: Corruption and Health

Transparency International

Global Corruption Report 2006

Transparency International

Distributed for Pluto Press

386 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover $95.00 ISBN: 9780745325095 Published February 2006 For sale in the USA and its dependencies only
"TI has once again shown its ability to combine research and policy analysis not just to shine a light on the deeply embedded problems of corruption . . . but to propose progressive solutions."
-- James Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank

In the health sector, corruption is a matter of life or death. It can take many forms: from medical professionals who sell medicines or services that should be freely available, to high-level government officials who embezzle money from health budgets, to pharmaceutical companies that buy influence over research agendas. The impact of corruption is always felt by the end user--the sick person who is forced to pay over the odds or who is given unsafe, counterfeit medicines.

The 2006 edition of Transparency International¹s Global Corruption Report shows the impact that corruption has on health care in rich and poor countries. From high-level bribery in Costa Rica to informal payments in Hungary, case studies from around the world explore the characteristics of the health sector that make it so prone to corruption.

In a special section dedicated to corruption in HIV/AIDS, the report warns that the large sums being poured into fighting the world¹s deadliest diseases need to be safeguarded against abuse. There is also a detailed analysis of the problems of the pharmaceutical system.

The report also offers an annual round-up of worldwide developments and tracks major trends in more than forty countries.

The Global Corruption Report 2006 is the only report of its kind, and is an essential reference source for anyone who wants the latest research on how corruption affects everything from health to education and the oil and gas industries.

Founded in 1993, Transparency International is an international non-governmental organisation based in Berlin, Germany, with national offices in close to 90 countries worldwide. Transparency International is politically non-partisan. Its mission is to build anti-corruption coalitions that embrace governments, the private sector and civil society. It is the only global movement dedicated solely to curbing corruption, increasing government accountability and improving transparency in business transactions.
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