22 August, Lomé (Togo) - At the opening of the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé called on African states to join the Lomé Initiative against falsified and substandard medicines (FSMs):
« Nearly half of all reports of trafficking come from sub-Saharan Africa, and worse, that more than 100,000 deaths of children under five each year are linked to the use of poor quality antimalarials. I therefore plead that we should be joined in this fight by all the other countries that have not yet joined the initiative. »
The political declaration of the Lomé Initiative, signed on 18 January 2020 by six African countries (Republic of Congo, Ghana, Niger, Uganda, Senegal and Togo) aims, among other things, to implement national plans to combat FSMs with interministerial action and a coordinated contribution from public authorities and the private sector. The political coordination of the initiative is carried out by the Togolese Republic.
Watch an extract of the speech (subtitles available in English and French):
The 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa is chaired by the Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Access to Health Care of the Togolese Republic, Professor Moustafa Mijiyawa.
DOpening speech by Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Access to Health Care of the Togolese Republic at the opening ceremony of the 72nd WHO Regional Committee for Africa.