2020 Lomé Summit

African Heads of State commit to tackling falsified and substandard medicines

Hosted by the President of Togo, Heads of State and hight representatives of six African countries met in Lomé, Togo, on 17 and 18 January 2020, to launch the Lomé Initiative.
  • On the 18 January, 2020, the governments of Congo, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Uganda signed a political declaration committing to take action on falsified and substandard medicines.
  • As the first action of the Lomé Initiative, the governments supported by the Brazzaville Foundation have agreed to work on legislation criminalising the trafficking and sale of falsified medicines.
  • Support of the World Health Organization

Support of the World Health Organization

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General

‘Substandard and falsified medicines are a shared problem. We must work together on shared solutions. That’s why we are pleased to support the Lomé Initiative.’

2020 - Lomé Summit

Read his address to the Heads of State

Presidential commitment to the Lomé Initiative

Trafficking in FM is a scourge that must be made punishable by law, and those who engage in this traffic must be tried and condemned.

President of Niger - Mahamadou Issoufou

I am personally committed, and I commit my country. We have already put the required mechanisms in place, but we need to go even further.

President of Senegal – Macky Sall

It is the first time that we Africans are tackling the trafficking of fake medicines. Our continent and our people suffer the most from its devastating consequences. Africa must commit to fighting this deadly scourge.

President of Togo - Faure Gnassingbé

The representatives of the states met in the presence of Mr. Omar Hilale, Vice-President of the Executive Board of Unicef, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of WHO.