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→ Increased oversight and transparency in the procurement of medicines, medical equipment and medical supplies is crucial to ensure the effective functioning of health care systems.

Vulnerabilities in the health system pre-dating the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the lack of adequate medical equipment and healthcare services, as well as illegal and informal payments for accessing free healthcare. As a result, increased corruption risks during COVID-19, such as price-gouging and falsification of medical products, are unprecedented. 

UNODC and UNDP have long-standing expertise in the prevention of corruption in the health sector by providing technical assistance in public health management, including corruption risk assessments and mitigation strategies with a focus on health supply procurement and distribution, and on service delivery.These efforts are key to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).


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G20 Good Practices Compendium on Combating Corruption in the Response to COVID-19

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