The Fondation Chirac’s General Delegate for Health and Access to quality medicines underlined the importance of coordinated action between all concerned parties: health officials, policy makers, customs, Interpol, the media, and the critical nature of educating Public Opinion in poor countries, the preferred targets of traffickers.
He also highlighted the need for all countries to sign and ratify as soon as possible the Medicrime Convention presented by the Council of Europe, which will constitute the very first international criminal legal instrument. He explained that 10 to 80% of drugs in circulation on the African continent are falsified and that these falsified commodities kill, starting with the poorest segments of the population. He continued by explaining that 60% of falsified medicines in the world are sold in Africa. Current impunity encourages the development of this deadly trade. He bemoaned that the WHO’s efforts concerning this issue have been insufficient, conservative, and effaced.