|From May 4 to 6, 2011, the World Customs Organization (WCO) held a regional conference in Cotonou, West Africa. This gives the Fondation Chirac the opportunity to present to the West African customs officials the advances acheived by its advocacy campaign against falsified drugs.|
It was in Cotonou that the President of Benin, Thomas Boni Yayi; the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore; and President Jacques Chirac launched the Cotonou Declaration on October 12, 2009.
Program Manager with the Fondation Chirac and representing the Fondation in Cotonou, Juliette Karpa listed the heads of state who have signed the Declaration and the commitments made by the international community against falsified medicines (See the Cotonou Declaration)
• Resolution against falsified health products, passed by 70 states of the Francophonie in October 2010
• Resolution of the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, passed in November 2010 in Brussels, specifically requesting the European Commission to strengthen cooperation with developing countries to fight against falsified medicines.
Standing before the customs officials of West Africa, Juliette Karpa emphasized the importance of an initiative taken at the regional level; 6 of the 8 member states of UEMOA and 7 of the 15 states of the ECOWAS have signed the Cotonou Declaration.
The National Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines
Juliette Karpa took advantage of this trip to visit the expanded facilities of the Benin National Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines. Once the work had been funded by the Government of Benin, the Fondation Chirac, and the Pierre Fabre foundation, the extension of the laboratory was inaugurated on December 20, 2010 by Mr. Issifou Takpara, Minister of Health of Benin; Mr Philipe Bernagou, Director General of the Pierre Fabre foundation; and Jacques Godfrain, former French Minister of Cooperation.
Juliette Karpa met the Laboratory’s teams and with its Director General, Dr. Farid Baba Moussa, to asses the Laboratory’s activities over the past quarter.
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