Results from Anti-Corruption Campaigns in Pilot Countries

11.05.2017

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In Côte d’Ivoire, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Country Coordinating Mechanism, the campaign specifically focused on the local population to raise awareness of the dangers of taking an unprescribed antituberculosis drug, RHZE, bought from street markets. Targeted distribution of flyers in health centers, together with public service announcements on national radio, appear to have contributed to dwindling supply and demand for the illicit drug on the street, as indicated by a recent market survey.

In Malawi, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Pharmacies, Medicines and Poisons Board, the campaign was specifically tailored to encourage the local population to speak out about drug theft. Mass distribution of flyers directly through the supply chain, together with billboards and public service announcements on national radio, led to close to a 100 reports to a local hotline within a few months of the launch. As a result, an anti-malaria drug theft task force, made up of agents from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the OIG, and the Malawi Police Service, was able to act on intelligence from reports which identified several sites allegedly selling stolen anti-malarial drugs. The task force subsequently found evidence that resulted in a number of high profile arrests, fines and prosecutions. The campaign has been extended in Malawi and the OIG is continuing to act on tips received to ensure drugs get through to the Malawi population.

In Ukraine, the campaign focused on ensuring that people who inject drugs continue to receive free opioid substitution therapy (OST) as part of harm reduction programs. Anecdotal evidence from stakeholders suggested that some people who inject drugs were being forced to pay bribes to get treatment. The campaign focused on over 100 drop-in centers across the country with distribution of flyers and posters to encourage beneficiaries to speak out to the national OST hotline if they were asked to pay for treatment. In parallel, an OIG investigation was launched to evaluate how widespread the problem was. In the end, the investigation was not able to corroborate the reports of corruption suggesting that the problem was not as prevalent as first thought.