Mozambique: Corruption undermining health service

by IRIN News

People queue outside the Polana Caniço clinic in a low-income neighborhood in the Mozambique capital Maputo. A 2011 regional household survey by Transparency International found that nearly 40 percent of Mozambican respondents had paid bribes for medical services in the past year – the highest such figure in the region. In Mozambique, it was second only to the percentage that had paid bribes to the police.   Photo: Anna Wallenlind Nuvunga/IRIN

Eulalia Laichela caressed her six-year-old son, Leosio, who lay on the pavement, coughing from beneath a blanket. They had been waiting in the park outside José Macamo, one of the largest hospitals in Mozambique’s capital Maputo, since early morning.