This paper will assess the issue of aid and whether or not this has benefited the recipients.
Aid has been given to developing countries and can be considered as one of the inhibiting processes in the countries’ progression. An example is Nigeria; a country which is one of the wealthiest in terms of natural resources is still one of the main recipients of aid (Smith, 475-480). This illustrates the notion that aid to developing countries leads to more corruption and less utilization of national resources. In Nigeria, approximately $350 billion is reported to have been stolen since the year 1960, and this sum accounts to almost the same amount of money that has been given to the country (Agbiboa, 325-345). Therefore, this shows that aid only makes countries more dependent are creates a possibility for mismanagement of funds.
The healthcare system in Nigeria is no exception when it comes to the mismanagement of aid funds. Many studies state that despite the new discoveries and progressions that have been made in the healthcare industry, the Nigerian healthcare system is continuing to deteriorate. The county continues to have one of the highest HIV rates in the world as well as related opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis (Idowu, 66-84). Despite all the aid the healthcare system receives, the country still has a shortage of basic healthcare infrastructure, high healthcare costs with very little government support, lack of sufficient diagnostic laboratories and lack of systems for surveillance and assessment of disease prevalence.
The Human capital is also an issue in terms of health care. The lack of transparency in governing issues and mismanagement of funds has led to poor employment and healthcare provision. The wages of the citizens with public or state jobs are insufficient to attend to their healthcare needs with approximately 45% of the population being below the poverty line. Currently