Abstract of the research proposal


Identifying and preventing drug theft in Malawi

The theft of medicines costs governments and donors billions of dollars annually. In Malawi, the government loses about 30 percent of the drugs and medical supplies it purchases to theft.  Despite years of donor-funded third-party distribution systems, a survey in 2015 found that 35 percent of private clinics were selling donor-supplied anti-malarial drugs that had been donated for free use. This evaluation will test the impact of different informational interventions on reducing drug theft, including providing information to clinic officials about a government tracking program to monitor drug supplies in each clinic and the penalties associated with stolen drugs; training communities to obtain information and monitor and report on drug delivery dates, drug availability, and clinic responsibilities; and a combination intervention.

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To learn more about this project, contact Principal Investigator Ryan Jablonski at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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