20 April, Lomé (Togo) - The Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation and the Prefigurator Consultant were welcomed by the Minister of Health of Togo on a mission to explore the conditions for implementing the pilot project. They met with several interlocutors, existing or future stakeholders, from the following organisations: WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, GiZ, AFD, C.I.PRE.S and USAID.
The purpose of the meeting with the Minister of Health of Togo, Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, was to present the methodology and the 2022-2024 work programme and budget necessary to support the prefiguration work and the pilot to be carried out in Togo within the framework of the Lomé Initiative against the trafficking of falsified and substandard medicines (FSMs). Indeed, under the political coordination of the Ministry of Health and the technical support of the Brazzaville Foundation, the methodology adopted foresees to launch in 2022, a pilot project in Togo in order to verify the feasibility parameters of the national plans against falsified and substandard medicines. The prefiguration and launch of the pilot will be carried out by the prefigurator consultant.
The Republic of Togo, due to its scale, its geographical location and its coordinating role in this initiative, is an ideal candidate. The expected feedback will allow for a more precise design of national control plans in the other signatory countries of the Initiative.
The pilot will also allow :
- Identify potential technical and financial partners
- Modelling the working methodology to replicate and adapt it in the other Lomé Initiative signatory countries
- Harmonise the legal framework between the Republic of Togo (Civil Law) and the Republic of Ghana (Common Law)
- Work on a methodological toolbox with the various technical and financial partners (WHO, UNODC, Laboratories etc.)
From 11 to 20 April 2022, the Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation, Mr. Richard Amalvy, and the Consultant Prefigurator of the Lomé – Pilot Project, Mr. Cédric Otse-Mawandza, also met with the members of the political coordination team led by Prof. Mijiyawa, as well as with all the technical and financial partners likely to support the project, such as the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, the GIZ, the AFD, the C.I.P.R.E.S.
Working meeting with the UNFPA Resident Representative and her staff in the presence of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, the Chief Executive of the Foundation and the Prefigurator Consultant