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NGOs And Fake Data Generation In Nigeria By Temisan Okomi

Interesting discussion with a friend who works for an NGO. I won’t say who it is or what the issue is, but here’s what I learned:

Assume there is a nongovernmental organization fighting HIV in Nigeria. Because HIV is a condition that requires blood sample, I use that term. U.S. government funding

To find cases, the NGO dispatches personnel to localities. Communities are visited by “boots on the streets” who collect blood samples. You receive a modest payment for each blood sample obtained. Greater compensation is given for each successful case. Additional cost for treatment.

You probably have a good idea of where this is going.

So.

The “clever” guys go out and interview ten folks. One of those who was sampled has a positive result.

What do they do? They spread that ONE positive into three other places. They now have “four” positive cases. More money. Everybody chops.

Corruption isn’t even my fascination here. My interest?

Data.

What then happens is; the official tally of HIV cases is off by three. If you do the math, it means for every 1000 cases of HIV reported in that area, the REAL number is 250.

Faulty data on a massive scale.

Makes me wonder:

Just how much faulty data do we have in Nigeria? On a massive scale too?

One major reason why these numbers people throw around “offends” me.

“Malaria kills 55 Nigerians in a minute!”

It could be accurate but forgive me if I don’t believe you.

Cheers.