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Looking At The Bigger Picture Of Corruption In India's Health Sector

Milan Vaishnav, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University in New York who also serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) at Georgetown University, examines the issue of health sector corruption in India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, and in the country at large, in a post in the CGD’s “Global Health Policy” blog. “The point is to merely state … the importance of understanding how politics affects how health systems are run, doctors are hired and vaccines are stocked,” he writes, adding, “Until we see these questions of political economy occupying center stage on the mainstream development agenda, I fear that we’ll be fighting an even longer, more uphill battle against corruption in India and elsewhere” (9/19).