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The Siracusa Institute, on the impulse of the International Institute of Research against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), is the organizer of the second meeting of experts to strengthen “The Fight against Counterfeit Drugs in Francophone Africa”, which will take place from March 18 to 24. The project currently involves 7 francophone African states: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal and Chad, and is intended for representatives of the Ministries of the Interior and of Health. 14 participants and 3 speakers are attending the meeting. The first meeting was held in November 21-25, 2016.

Counterfeiting pharmaceuticals is a particularly worrying phenomenon in Africa and threatens the health of millions of people around the world. Counterfeiting medicines has, moreover, become the most profitable source of income for organized crime. The main objective of this project is to help strengthen the fight against counterfeiting while reaching a political consensus for the preparation, adoption and implementation of a comprehensive, modern and adequate national legislation.

The Third meeting of experts is scheduled in September 2017.

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