Transparency International Cameroon (TI-C), in its 2013-2018 strategic plan has promoting integrity in the health sector of Cameroon as one of its main focus. This interest in the health sector was prompted by the increased number of corruption complaints in TI-C Advocacy and Legal Assistance Centre (ALAC) data base concerning corruption in the health sector. Health sector corruption reports occupy the 9th position out of 22 sectorial categories of corruption complaints received in the TI-C ALAC data-base, stipulating a high rate of corruption in this sector.
Moreover, amongst other statistics depicting corruption in the health sector, the National anti-Corruption Strategy document (published by Cameroon National Anti-Corruption Committee (CONAC) in 2010), portrays that the intensity of corruption in the public health sector in Cameroon was estimated at 7.56 / 10 (very high). From this background, Transparency International-Cameroon with its aim of seeing Cameroon emerge to a status where integrity, ethics and good governance are societal norms, coupled with its approach of working with governments, enterprises and civil society in developing and implementing effective measures to eradicate corruption and promote good governance initiated the project “Improving healthcare service delivery in Cameroon by promoting innovative whistle-blowing techniques.” This project falls under TI-C hTAPICAM platform (Platform to promote transparency, accountability, participation and integrity in healthcare service delivery in public hospitals in Cameroon).
As earlier mentioned, according to the National anti-Corruption Strategy document (published by CONAC in 2010), the intensity of corruption in the public health sector in Cameroon was estimated at 7.56 / 10 (very high). The Global Corruption Barometer 2010, on its part indicates that the high rate of corruption is not to the advantage of the poor who are usually susceptible to paying bribes for basic services.
With the support of several development partners, the Government of Cameroon has invested in improving the access of vulnerable groups to basic health services. The Rapid Response Initiatives (IRR) is a good example of cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and the National Anti-Corruption Commission to reduce corruption in the health sector in Cameroon. Despite all these commendable efforts, corruption remains a reality in the health sector in general and in our hospitals in particular. This corruption is made more evident as there exist an information gap on the official prices of medicines and healthcare services by patients, which sometimes gives rise to corrupt practices and / or various fraudulent acts such as fabricating prices free services and medicines.
Transparency International Cameroon through this project seeks to bring its modest contribution to the fight against corruption in the health sector of Cameroon. The project begins with a 6 months pilot phase in 2 target district hospitals (Efoulan and Biyemassi) in Yaounde, the Centre Region of Cameroon.
The general aim of the project is to promote transparency, accountability, participation and integrity in healthcare service delivery in public hospitals in Cameroon through sensitization of Health Service providers, patients and Victims/witnesses of corruption in 2 target public hospitals on corruption manifestation and innovative whistle-blowing techniques to denounce corruption in healthcare service delivery. To this effect, on the 6th of July, 2017, TI-C officially launched the project “Improving healthcare service delivery in Cameroon by promoting innovative whistle-blowing techniques.” As part of this project, TI-C with technical support from AfroLeadership has put in place operational and accessible anonymous whistle blowing web application- www.corruption-no-sissia.com where victims/witnesses of corruption can denounce acts of corruption in healthcare service delivery in Cameroon.
This project is being implemented by Transparency International-Cameroon with technical support from AfroLeadership Civil Society Organisation and in Collaboration with the Cameroon Ministry of Health. The project is realized, thanks to financial support of Transparency International- United Kingdom, through its Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Program.
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