|The Cambodian Minister of Health, Mr. Mam Bunheng, signed the Cotonou Declaration on February 9, 2011 in the presence of Christian Connan, Ambassador of France in Cambodia and Nor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affaires.|
By signing the Cotonou Declaration, Cambodia affirms its commitment in the fight against fake medicines. The Minister of Health recently launched an awareness campaign on this scourge that can reach up to 30% of all medication in circulation in some countries. Television and radio advertisements are being used to warn Cambodians of the dangers of fake medicines. Since November 2010, the Cambodian authorities have made several seizures of falsified medicines in the Phnom Penh area.
The Cambodian government is working with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affaires (MAEE) on this matter, through the Observatory on Illicit Trafficking created by the MAEE. On January 25, 2011, the Cambodian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Commerce organized the destruction 22 tons of fake medicines that were seized the previous year.
Since the Cotonou Declaration on October 12, 2009, multiple initiatives have energized and strengthened the international mobilization against fake medicines.
- January 19, 2010: Congo-Brazzaville prepares a law against fake medicines – Read the article
- Juin 24, 2010: Jacques Chirac gives a speech at the Council of the World Customs Organization – Read Jacques Chirac’s Speech
- September 17, 2010: Presentation of the campaign against fake medicines for the ACP countries in Bruxelles
- October 15, 2010: Conference on Fake Medicines at the Palais Brongniart in Paris with the Pierre Fabre Foundation and the Mutualité française – Read the conference summary
- October 24, 2010: Adoption of a resolution against fake medicines by the Heads of State and Government of the Francophonie – Read the OIF Resolution
- November 12, 2010: Adoption of a resolution against fake medicines by the ACP States – Read the article on the ACP Resolution
- November 2010: INTERPOL reaffirms its commitment against the traffic of falsified medicines – Read the article
- December 6 – 7, 2010: European Development Days, Day of conferences on fake medicines organized with Louis Michel, MEP, and co-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the ACP-EU. – Read the speeches and see the photos of the EDD
- December 8, 2010: Adoption of the MEDICRIME Convention by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – Read the article
- December 20, 2010: Official inauguration of the National Laboratory for the Quality Control of Medicines in Cotonou
- February 16, 2010: A new directive, approved by the European Parliament, strengthens existing instruments against fake medicines to better protect patients by securing the distribution chain, especially on the Internet – Read the article on the new Directive
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