Pilot project in Togo
The Togolese Republic has volunteered to launch a pilot project to develop and implement a national plan to combat FSMs and to model the development methodology so that it can be adapted in other volunteer countries.
The fight against FSMs in Togo
Located in West Africa with an area of 56,785 km2, the Republic of Togo is bordered to the north by Burkina Faso, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, to the east by Benin and to the west by Ghana, whose border point is in the capital, Lomé. In 2022, its population is estimated at 8.6 million.
In Togo, the trafficking and the sale of fake medicines is a simple offence punishable by light sentences. In terms of the fight against FSM, the Togolese Republic :
- Signed and ratified the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in July 2004
- Was invited to sign the MEDICRIME convention, the first international convention criminalizing the production
and trafficking of fake medicines
- Signed the treaty establishing the African Union (AU) African Medicines Agency (AMA)
whose objective is to harmonize the regulation of medical products across the continent.
Working meeting at the WHO Togo office chaired by Professor Moustafa Mijiyawa, Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Access to Health Care, with Dr. Fatoumata Binta Diallo, WHO Resident Representative in Togo and Mr. Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation.
Objectives and expected results
The mission will start with an identification of the needs around the four selected themes
(public health, security, rule of law, health economics).
This identification will identify:
1. The needs;
2. The resources needed to cover each of the needs;
3. Existing and potential partners to contribute resources.
Develop the national plan to fight against FSMs in Togo
1. Consultation with all the ministerial departments concerned (Health, Justice, Interior, Defense, Finance, Commerce and Industry) in order to involve them in the elaboration and the implementation of the plan
2. Consultation with all private sector and civil society stakeholders to involve them in the development
and implementation of the plan
3. Develop and operationalise the plan
4. Identification of existing programmes with the various technical and financial partners (TFPs)
5. Elaboration of a budget allowing the implementation of the national plan in Togo in consultation with the TFPs
Model the working methodology for replication and adaptation in Lomé Initiative countries
1. Model the methodology
2. Strengthen coordination with other signatory countries
3. Draft of specifications
4. Create a toolkit
The modeling of the method
The feedback expected from the elaboration of the national plan against the FSMs in Togo will allow to improve this national plan and to design more precisely the future national plans of control in the other countries signatory of the Lomé Initiative.
To this end, a double action will be carried out:
1. The establishment of a collection of good practices identified in other countries (benchmark).
2. The implementation of a system of evaluation and continuous improvement.
The year 2023 will allow the project to be set up and launched. It will also allow:
1. To refine the identification of needs, resources and partners to meet them.
2. To conduct the first consultations within the interministerial framework (action lever #1)
and then with the private sector and civil society (action lever #2).
The Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of the Togolese Republic is in charge of the project.
The Brazzaville Foundation will be the project manager. To this end, it will provide a mission leader based in Lomé who will be in charge of coordinating the technical support to the pilot project.
Technical and financial partners envisaged
Several technical and financial partners have been identified to carry out this project. Working meetings have already been held with WHO Togo, UNDP Togo, the World Bank, UNFPA and UNICEF.
The pilot project will align with UNDP and World Bank planning for 2023-2027, and WHO for 2023-2024.
French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa take stock in Lomé