The Heads of State and Government of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), who met at Montreux for the XIIIe summit of the Francophonie October 23 – 24, 2010, adopted a resolution for the “reinforcement of the cooperation among states in the fight against fake medicines and falsified medical products”.
This resolution was submitted to the members of the OIF by President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin and President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso earlier this year. Alongside Jacques Chirac, they have engaged in the fight against the traffic of falsified medicines through the launch of the Cotonou Declaration in October 2009 with the Fondation Chirac. This Declaration, that has been signed by some forty Heads of State, government ministers and international organizations, draws awareness to the increasing plague of which the first victims are the world’s poorest populations.
The objective of the Cotonou Declaration at the international level, is a comprehension legal response, and at the national level, better cooperation between civil society and the State regarding this public health issue.
This Declaration Highlights the three major areas that the traffic of fake medicines takes advantage of:
– Lack of information for professionals and the general public
– Insufficient training for technicians in quality control laboratory
– Insufficient legal instruments against traffickers and insufficient regulations regarding the distribution of medicines.
By adopting this resolution, the members of the OIF are recalling their engagement to provide access for all to quality health care and strengthening the international mobilization that could move the United Nations to adopt an International Convention Against Falsified Medicines.