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New Issue Brief Examines Corruption and Global Health

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores what’s known and understood about how corruption overseas affects U.S. global health programs, including the challenges in measuring and quantifying the problem.  The brief summarizes a roundtable discussion of experts convened by the Foundation. Key themes of the discussion included how more could be done to reduce global health corruption through coordinated policies and programs, and how the U.S. government and other stakeholders could use a proactive, preventive approach when addressing corruption.

Corruption remains a major concern not only for policymakers, but also for the public at large.  A Foundation poll found 83% of U.S. residents consider corruption to be a major barrier to improving health in developing countries, and nearly half consider it the single most important barrier.

The full issue brief, Corruption and Global Health: Summary of a Policy Roundtable, is available on

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