Seven African leaders are in Lome, capital of Togo, as a two-day summit against fake drugs kicked-off January 17th under the aegis of the Brazzaville Foundation.
This is the first time African Heads of State are meeting 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.
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.
The Togolese described the phenomenon of fake drugs as a humanitarian scandal and that the time to act and stamp it out had arrived.
The Brazzaville Foundation, an independent-NGO 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.
A number of former Heads of State are also in town, as is the head of the World Health Organization, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus.