2017 Oyo Declaration

Fake Medicine – An African Scourge

African states are particularly at risk as they import 70% of their pharmaceutical products
  • The continent is main hub for the trade in counterfeit medicines, as organised criminals seek to exploit fragile states to import, manufacture, traffic and sell falsified medicines.
  • Antimalarials and antibiotics are among the most commonly reported fake products. The average global antimalarial failure rate is 47%.

Oyo Declaration – Fighting the Traffic in Fake Medicines

On 10 March 2017 at Oyo, Congo, the Brazzaville Foundation announced a commitment to work with African countries to prioritise the issue of access to quality medicine by fighting against the traffic in falsified medicines.

‘The Brazzaville Foundation reaffirms its commitment to working with African countries to ensure that the international community gives this crisis the priority it deserves. ’

Sir David Richmond, former CEO

Key Actions

  • Establish a credible law enforcement system, including tough new penalties for manufacturing and trading substandard and counterfeit medicines.
  • Support closer international coordination aimed at dismantling illegal supply chains and bringing criminals to justice.
  • Mounting a major campaign to alert the public, and particularly women who are the heart of family life, to the grave dangers posed by substandard and falsified medicines.
Members of the Advisory Board of the Brazzaville Foundation at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Brazzaville Protocol, in Oyo (Republic of Congo), in the presence of President Sassou Nguesso. It was during this meeting that the Foundation committed itself to fight against falsified medicines.