On Monday, October 12, 2009, President Jacques Chirac, surrounded by President Boni Yayi of Benin and President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, launched the Cotonou Declaration against falsified medicines. Two years later, the mobilization campaign against this public health scourge has made headway and has prepared the way for the first regional event in West Africa.
"For a joint action against falsified medicines in West Africa"is the theme of the Round Table opened by President Blaise Compaore this week in Burkina Faso's capital. This meeting aims to help the 15 ECOWAS member countries strengthen their sub-regional strategy to fight against this scourge.
Dr Jean-Marie Trapsida, Coordinator of the Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy for the WHO's Africa / Brazzaville Regional Office, hopes that the Ouagadougou round tables (September 27 to 29, 2011) on falsified medicines will result in a platform of technical and financial partners capable of coordinating the fight against this scourge.
On April 7, 2011, during World Health Day, Marc Gentilini, Aline Plançon, and Thierry Le Lay participated in a video-conference on "The International Risks and Global Issues of Falsified Medicines" organized in Alexandria by the Université Senghor de la Francophonie. The following is a summary of their talks.
The manufacturing and sales of sub-standard medicines on the official and the illegal markets have dire effects on the health of individual consumers as well as on the population as a whole.
On April, UN member states passed a resolution mandating the UN Office against Drugs and Crime to work to fight against "falsified medicines", which are the objects of a growing criminal trade.
The Observatoire des trafics illicites du Mékong (Observatory for illegal traffic along the Mekong), based in Bangkok is at the heart of a cooperative project between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) and Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to fight against "counterfeit products that represent high level risks to health or security".
The Scientific Committee on Falsified Medicines held a meeting on Monday, April 4, 2011, under the chairmanship of Professor Marc Gentilini, the Fondation's General Delegate for Health.
For World Health Day, April 7, 2011, the Regional Centre for Women's Health and Development and the Université Senghor de la Francophonie alongside the Fondation Chirac,
Former European Commissioner of Development and Humanitarian Aid, the Belgian Minister of State Louis Michel has accepted to sit on the Fondation's Honor Committee.