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Research: The AMFm and Medicine Diversion: Good intent enabling corrupt practices

February 22, 2012 - 19:24 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Roger Bate, Julissa Milligan, Lorraine Mooney
MWJ 2012, 3, 2
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Increased donated and subsidised medicines for malaria are saving countless lives in Africa, but there is probably increasing theft and diversion of those medicines. The impact of medicine diversion is unknown but potentially dangerous and may bolster criminal networks and increase medicine stock outs. This study demonstrates that diversion is widespread; diverted subsidised medicines were found in 11 of 14 cities investigated, and in four of those, over half the pharmacies researchers visited had diverted subsidised malaria products.

[Note: Review & author's response included]

For press coverage in Kenya's Daily Nation click here.

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Submitted by Wallace Peters on
How do you change human nature? It is a year and a half since I commented on this problem in these pages (see my posting of October 2010).

Wallace Peters