Research Paper

Corruption and its Socio-Economic Impacts on the Healthcare Sector (Tsaboy Ny Gasy Project)

Chapter: Madagascar | Year: 2019

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Transparency International - Madagascar (TI-IM) is engaged mainly in in the land sector, natural resources, transparency of public finance and local governance. It undertakes concrete actions aimed at reducing corruption throughout the Malagasy territory. TI-IM is expanding its area of expertise to the healthcare sector, based on a preliminary survey carried out in September 2017 by the citizen movement Wake Up Madagascar and the organisation Liberty 32.

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Global Partners:
European Union
National Partners:
Governmental Institution

Theory of Change

Policy & Insititutional Change
Improved enforcement of policies
Behaviour Change
Seeking Redress Against Corruption


The Tsaboy ny Gasy Project advocates for citizens' social and economic rights, particularly by fighting corruption in the health sector in Madagascar.

To inform the project, TI-Madagascar conducted an assessment to identify how different types of corruption impact health services. This involved a study of the legislative environment; a literature review (existing evidence of corruption), and qualitative research to assess impact of corruption upon the lives of individuals.

The research's findings were used to develop a new typology of corruption cases in the healthcare sector in Madagascar. The study identified the circumstances where cases of corruption are rare or non-existent, as well as corruption "hotspots" that are more likely to be experienced by users of the national health system. The study also established the sociodemographic profile of those citizens most affected by corruption.

The study, and the resulting barometer developed by TI-Madagascar - called B-CORSAN -, will become a reference point for the annual measurement of the impact of corruption in the Malagasy healthcare sector.


The study focused exclusively on the analysis of healthcare delivery at the patient level. To do so, the study conducted:

  1. A review of the legal framework for health.
  2. A collection of testimonials based on anthropological research techniques.
  3. A socioeconomic survey of 3302 individuals, conducted by 60 investigators for 15 days


  1. In the six Madagascar provincial capitals, 84% of individuals agree that corruption exists in the health field.
  2. A majority of the population (63%) recognises the need to file a complaint in a corruption case. Few, however, chose to submit a report (11%).
  3. 27 different definitions of corruption were identified. This includes: over-billing of unnecessary or unused drugs; absenteeism; inadequate but prolonged care; unnecessary operations and referrals; charging families to release the body from the mortuary; and informal payments to access appointments.


  1. The law must make institutions legally liable for the actions of their personnel found guilty of corruption, particularly in relation to the errors that led to patients' deaths.
  2. Institutions should be allowed to impose administrative sanctions for individual offences.
  3. The government should regularly conduct or commission audits and performance evaluations of health facilities at national, regional and local levels.

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