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Combating corruption in global health

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Science Translational Medicine  09 Aug 2017:
Vol. 9, Issue 402, eaaf9547
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf9547

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  • Global health and public perception
    • Carlos Polanco, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    To the editor:
    Global health and public perception

    The interesting article by Mackey and colleagues [Combating corruption in global health, Science] (1), is a brave, clear and detailed analysis of the impact of corruption in the global health system.

    In my view, the greatest impact occurs in the public opinion about the health sector. This intangible that is possible to measure, affects future investment in this sector in a proportion far greater than all embezzlement due to corruption

    In developing countries, where the deficiency of this public service is the norm, the impact is greater since research on health is substantially diminished.

    The manuscript of Mackey and colleagues (1) should be compulsory reading as a reflection text in universities.

    Sincerely yours,
    Carlos Polanco, Ph.D., D.Sc.
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México.

    Carlos Polanco is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México. (

    (1)Mackey TK, Kohler J, Lewis M, Vlan T. Combating corruption in global health. Science Transl Med. 9;9(402) 2017 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf9547.

    Competing Interests: None declared.