22 and 23 November 2013 in Niger: Mobilization Action for Africa Launched by IRACM and Tattali-Iyali Foundation With the Support of Several Africa’s First Ladies to Tackle Together the Proliferation of Fake Drugs

The international conference on counterfeiting and illegal drugs sale is held in Niamey, capital of Niger, on 22 and 23 November 2013. International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) and Tattali-Iyali Foundation, chaired by H.E. Dr. Lalla Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of Niger and President of the Foundation, have initiated the conference. African First Ladies, 16 international speakers and over 300 local guests are participating in the event.

An original joint initiative launched by International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), Tattali-Iyali Foundation and several First Ladies of Sub-Saharan Africa confirms the commitment at the highest level of the countries in the region, and their wish to act together against the growing threat of counterfeit medicines trafficking in African countries.

Following this conference, the basis of an action plan involving IRACM and Tattali-Iyali Foundation and the countries represented will be signed. This exceptional agreement is a first step in a necessary process to stem the illicit trade of fake medicines that plagues Africa and degrades the health of millions of people – men, women and children – and even can cause death.

IRACM and Tattali-Iyali Foundation have invited a panel of world-famous governmental organizations to participate as experts in this conference. This commitment is also a call to governments to counter the proliferation of fake drugs in this region already strongly affected by a health situation undermined by the lack of water, sanitation and poor public information. The implementation of a joint action plan bringing together all countries contributes to involve governments, pharmaceutical industry and health professionals, drug distributors, regional and international organizations, and all organizations working to fight against counterfeit medicines.

This initiative aims to educate the African population to face the dangers of illicit drugs and to mobilize all actors first and foremost mothers to protect health. A synergy is set up to achieve a better African health situation.

Africa, Preferred Target of Pharmaceutical Organized Crime
In Africa, the most counterfeit medicines are “basic” medication such as antibiotic, antimalarial, anti-parasitic but also particularly expensive treatments like antiretroviral. Finally, no drug is spared. And patients suffer. The results of recent seizures indicate the huge volume of drug trafficking in Africa and the danger that their falsified composition poses to the patient health.

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