The Brazzaville Foundation is pleased to share the Congolese President's speech for the UN General Assembly where he mentions the high importance of the struggle against falsified medicines.
WEDNESDAY 20TH OF SEPTEMBRE
Extract from the Congolese President Sassou Nguesso's speech on the issue of falsified medicines:
A decent quality of life for all also means ensuring our people have access to proper health care. The proliferation of substandard and falsified medicines constitutes a serious and growing threat throughout the world, especially for developing countries.
The huge expansion of this scourge appears to be the result of well organised trafficking and there is a risk that it will be used to finance terrorism.
According to the World Health Organisation, 800,000 deaths are due each year to falsified medicines. Approximately 10 percent of medicines in circulation throughout the world are estimated to be falsified. In Africa and in other developing countries the figure is as high as 40 percent or even 60 percent in some cases.
In addition to the efforts undertaken by the World Health Organisation, the time has come for UN General Assembly to act decisively and define a global strategy to fight this menace.
Success depends on every country marshalling sustained and focused efforts as well as substantial financial resources.
For our part, my country is fully committed to this fight working in collaboration with the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation"