The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture 2019

Professor Patricia J. García will present 'Corruption in global health: the open secret', on Wednesday 27 November, 18.30 - 20.30 at the Knowledge Centre at the British Library

Corruption in global health: the open secret

On Wednesday 27 November, the Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with The Lancet, will host the 2019 International Health Lecture in London. Book now.

The International Health Lecture provides a platform for leaders in global health to discuss topics of international significance, promoting debate, discussion and the exchange of ideas on current research. For more information about the lecture series, including past events, please visit this page.

This year's lecture is presented by Professor Patricia J. García, former Minister of Health of Peru and former Chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health. She is currently a Professor of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima-Peru.

“Corruption is embedded in health systems. All my life, as a researcher, as a public health worker, and as a Minister of Health, I have been able to see entrenched dishonesty and fraud. But despite being one of the most important barriers to implementing universal health coverage around the world, corruption is rarely openly discussed.

In this lecture, I will outline the magnitude of the problem, how it started and what is happening now. I will also discuss people’s fears around the topic and what is needed to address corruption: what are the responsibilities of the academic and research communities in both the global south and global north? If we are really aiming to achieve the sustainable development goals and ensure healthy lives for all, corruption in global health must no longer be an open secret.”

- Professor García

The event is free to attend and open to the public, but booking is essential.

Read more about Professor Patricia J. García on this page and book your place at the lecture here.

Download the flyer for this event from the right hand side of this page. For more information, please contact Dr Sarah Ritchie at

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