Lomé will host this week a summit on ways to counter trafficking of fake drugs

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:46
Lomé will host this week a summit on ways to counter trafficking of fake drugs

(Togo First) - On January 17-18, 2020, Lomé will host a summit on the fight against fake drug trafficking in Africa. 

Six African presidents, former heads of State and governments, as well as top figures of the global health industry, such as WHO’s managing director, will be present. 

The event is organized by Togo and Fondation Brazzaville. It is “a fully African initiative,” according to the Togolese minister of health, Moustapha Mijiyawa. 

Through this summit, its organizers hope to lay foundations for a full engagement of the continent. It also aims to yield legal tools to efficiently tackle drug trafficking. 

Fake drugs kill more than malaria,” Mijiyawa says adding: “Paradoxically, the legal tools to fight their trafficking are light, and this translates into a large divide between the issue and measures taken to counter it.” 

The illegal practice, let’s recall, kills nearly 900,000 Africans every year, including 120,000 under 5-year old children. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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