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Addressing corruption to achieve Universal Health Coverage and advance Global Health Security

Corruption costs the health sector US$500 billion annually. Join us to discuss the impact of corruption on health systems and how to combat it.

Online or in-person at Bergen Global

2 November 2023

Addressing corruption to achieve Universal Health Coverage and advance Global Health Security

Date: 2 November 2023
Time: 13.00–15.30 CET
Location: Online or in-person at Bergen Global, CMI

It is estimated that corruption costs the health sector US$500 billion annually. Resources lost to bribery, embezzlement, rent-seeking, and other forms of corruption result in weaker health systems. It compromises the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health services, and ultimately threatens people’s lives. The prevalence of corruption in health systems moves us further away from achieving Universal Health Coverage, and in times of health emergencies, compromises global health security.

On 2 November 2023, the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre will host a seminar to debate these issues with seven experts in the fields of health and anti-corruption.


Dr Jillian Kohler, Professor, Health Services Research, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr Taryn Vian, Professor of Public Health, University of San Francisco, United States

Dr Everd Maniple Bikaitwoha, Professor of Public Health, Kabale University, Uganda

Jonathan Cushing, Head of Transparency International Global Health, London, UK

Dr Tim Mackey, Director of Global Health Policy and Data Institute, Professor of University of California San Diego, United States

Dr Pallavi Roy, Co-Director of Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) research partnership consortium, SOAS University of London, UK

Dr Nicholas DeVito, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford





13:00 – 13:10

Welcome remarks 


13:00 – 13:20


Why do anti-corruption interventions often fail and what can be done about it? A political economy perspective

Impact of Corruption on Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage: A Health Economics Perspective  


Dr Pallavi Roy


Dr Peter Hangoma

13:20 – 14:05

Panel discussion 1

Corruption in medical products, vaccines, and technologies:

How does procurement corruption impact them, and what are the implications for global health security?

Can machine learning/AI strengthen procurement processes?

To what extent lack of clinical trial transparency can enable corruption in the manufacturing of medical products, vaccines and technologies? 

Dr Jillian Kohler

Dr Tim Mackey

Dr Nicholas De Vito

14:05 – 14:15



14:15 – 15:00

Panel discussion 2

Corruption’s impact on patients and health workers: why it matters, how it manifests, and what are successful mitigation measures?

Dr Taryn Vian

Dr Everd Maniple Bikaitwoha

Jonathan Cushing

15:00 – 15:25



15:25 – 15:30

Concluding remarks



Development practitioners from aid agencies and NGOs, donor agencies, multilateral organisations, and national governments.

Academics, researchers, policymakers, and students on health, anti-corruption, and/or good governance.

Live in Bergen and online

Join in person at Bergen Global, or register to participate online on Microsoft Teams/Zoom.

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