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African leaders in Togo to help fight fake drug menace


<p>Seven African leaders are in Lome, capital of Togo, as a summit against fake drugs kicked off on Friday (January 17). The two-day summit is under the aegis of the Brazzaville Foundation.</p> <p>It is the first time African heads of state are gathering on the issue of fake drugs on the continent which continues to plague especially sub-Saharan Africa. Discussions at the political and health level are on the agenda to build a reliable strategy. </p> <p>President Faure Gnassingbe is hosting colleagues such as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Congo Republic’s Denis Sassou-Nguesso, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Macky Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Adama Barrow from The Gambia. </p> <p>The Togolese described the phenomenon of fake drugs as a daily humanitarian scandal and that the time to act and stamp it out had arrived.</p> <p>“It affects millions of people, either indirectly because these drugs do not treat those who believe they are treating themselves, or directly because the falsified products used kill,” he said in a tweet.</p> <p>The Brazzaville Foundation, an independent <span class="caps">NGO</span> based in London is teaming up with Initiative Lome to address the problem of fake drugs which is a big public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. </p> <p>Experts have stressed that porous borders and weak governance of health systems are some of the main factors that underline the proliferation of fake drugs. </p> <p>A number of former heads of state are also in town as is the head of the World Health Organization, <span class="caps">WHO</span>, Tedros Ghebreyesus. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great to be in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Togo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Togo</a> to join Mustafa Mujiyawa, Minister of Health 🇹🇬, and launch the <a href="https://twitter.com/InitiativeLome?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>InitiativeLome</a> to fight falsified and substandard medicines in Africa. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SafeMedicines?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SafeMedicines</a> are key to providing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HealthForAll?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HealthForAll</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FakeDrugsRealCrime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FakeDrugsRealCrime</a></p>&mdash; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (</code>DrTedros) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrTedros/status/1218271153028059136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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