Fighting against fake medicines: strengthened commitment of the Republic of Congo

Brazzaville, 30 July 2021 - Mr Gilbert Mokoki, Minister of Health and Population received this morning Mr Richard Amalvy, Director General of the Brazzaville Foundation. During this audience, they discussed the progress achieved at the international and national levels of the Lomé Initiative against falsified and substandard medicines, of which the Republic of Congo has been a signatory country since January 2020.

 

At the international level, the meeting focused on the forthcoming signing of the Council of Europe's MEDICRIME Convention by the Republic of Congo and the signing and ratification of the treaty establishing the African Medicines Agency (AMA). Mr Michel Sidibé, the African Union's Special Envoy for the AMA, was recently in Brazzaville to discuss the matter with the Congolese Head of State. The Political Declaration of the Lomé Initiative provides for the signature of these two fundamental international texts to ensure the fight against the trafficking of medicines.

The Minister and the Director General also agreed on the 2021-2024 roadmap of the Initiative, which aims to develop and implement national plans to combat falsified and substandard medicines, adapted to the needs of each country involved. The working version of the 2021-2024 strategy document, currently being prepared in close collaboration with Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, Minister of Health of Togo and Political Coordinator of the Lomé Initiative, will be shared with all stakeholders in September in order to be enriched before its deployment.

 

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 Mr. Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation, Mr Gilbert Mokoki, Minister of Health and Population of the Republic of Congo.

 

Mr Richard Amalvy also met Dr Lucien Manga, WHO Resident Representative in Congo, to share the same information on the follow-up of the Lomé Initiative. This meeting confirmed the excellent collaboration between WHO and the Foundation at national, regional and international levels.

 

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 Mr. Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation, Dr Lucien Manga, WHO Resident Representative in Congo.

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