Crime and Ethical Issues in African Health Care System (Volume 1)

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Call for Papers
December 20, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Public Health, Social Sciences

Crime in healthcare is now on the rise and gradually becoming a common phenomenon in many countries of the world. In the global south, crime in healthcare is as a result of some challenges, which affect the effective and efficient delivery of health services. So, the structure of health care in many developing countries, especially in Africa, is fractured and unable to meet the health needs of the people causing crime to thrive. “Crime in the context of healthcare” is a major challenge that continues to affect the development of the health sector in Africa. This book explores the nature of healthcare crimes. The book examines how the weak health system across Africa gives room for increased crime in the health sector. More so, the continuing low budgetary allocation for health, improper accountability of health expenditure and inadequate monitoring of healthcare projects and services at health facilities promote crime in health care and health systems in Africa.



  • The Nature of Health Care Crimes in Society: An Introduction
  • The Criminalization of Healthcare: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Illegal Payments and Out-of-Pocket Expenditure as a Crime
  • Fake Drug Trafficking, Consumption and Mortality in Africa
  • Hard Drugs and Substance Abuse as a Crime
  • Doctor-Patient Confidentiality and Abuse of Trust
  • Organ Trafficking in a Globalised World and its Implication in Africa
  • Medical Tourism and its Discontents
  • Health Budget Mismanagement
  • Gender Discrimination, and Inequality in the Health Sector
  • Corruption in Procurement and Infrastructural Development for Health
  • Case Studies on Crime in Hospitals: Implications for Effective Healthcare Delivery
  • Quackery and Illegal Medical Practices
  • Unregulated Pharmacies, Drug Stores and Patent Medicine Vendors
  • Context and Management of Medical Error in Healthcare Practice in Africa


Kindly identify a chapter of interest and submit an extended abstract of 500 words and sub-headings to be covered.


Abstract Deadline: Friday 20th December 2019 (11:59pm)




Book Editors


Jimoh Amzat, PhD

Dr. Amzat holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a joint Master of Bioethics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Radboud University, The Netherlands; and University of Padua, Italy. He is a recipient of Erasmus Mundus scholarship (Europe) and George Forster postdoctoral fellowship (of Alexander von Humboldt), Germany. His research work focuses on the African context of various health issues. His recent books, entitled Medical Sociology in Africa (Springer: 2014) and Towards a Sociology of Health Discourse in Africa (Springer: 2018), present core issues in medical sociology with social dimensions of health and illness in Africa. He has commendable academic charm and zeal, framed around the trio of medical sociology, bioethics, and social problems. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), Nigeria. 


S. Akinmayowa Lawal, PhD

Dr. Lawal is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. He is a NIH/Fogarty Global Health Fellow (2018-2019). He holds a PhD in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin), Ireland. His research interests include health sociology, health policy and management, global health partnerships, public health and primary care, health policy and systems research, health education, bioethics and global mental health. His current research is on “Exploring Community Engagement Approaches for Mental Health Care Delivery in Nigeria”. 



Contact Info: 

S. Akinmayọwa Lawal, PhD

Department of Sociology

Olabisi Onabanjo University

Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.