The Covid-19 pandemic has brought issues of ethics and business integrity in the healthcare sector into the public spotlight. Citizens everywhere are demanding well-governed, transparent healthcare systems and industries – not only to address the health consequences of the pandemic but as a backbone of resilient and sustainable economic growth.

The Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration was established in 2014 as a platform for ethical collaboration between patients’ organisations, healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. The ultimate aim is to improve the quality of patient care. 

It has four overarching principles: 

  • Put Patients First
  • Support Ethical Research and Innovation
  • Ensure Independence and Ethical Conduct
  • Promote Transparency and Accountability

The Consensus Framework is supported by:

Relationships of power, responsibility and accountability between health systems actors are considered central to health governance. Despite increasing attention to the role of accountability in health governance a gap remains in understanding how local accountability relations function within the health system in Central Asia. This study addresses this gap by exploring local health governance in two districts of Tajikistan using principal-agent theory.

The results of the study: