Abstract of Downward Accountability of Pulic Health Care system - Sept 2009
This research was conducted by Irenei Kiria as part of fulfillment for Masters
Study in Public Health in MUHAS (2009).
Health care accounts for over ten percent of government spending in Tanzania.
Accountability in health care delivery is important for three major reasons. First,
accountability mediates between citizens and their government on issues of cost,
access, quality, and distribution of health care services. Second, because health
care providers have been accorded significant powers over people’s lives and
well-being, accountability seeks to regulate this power for any possible abuses.
Third, accountability seeks to ensure the proper management of health care,
reduce corruption, and increase responsiveness of health care providers and
political leaders to citizens.