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Libyan Peace Process : Ollivier method

"Getting the irreconcilable discussed." This is one of the mantras of the "Ollivier method" reported in an article by Jihad Gillon, journalist at Jeune Afrique, about the action of Jean-Yves Ollivier, Founder and President of the Brazzaville Foundation, which aims to facilitate the development of a peace process in Libya, a country mired in civil conflict since 2014.

In May 2018, Jean-Yves Ollivier and the Brazzaville Foundation organised a meeting in Dakar, with the support of the Government of Senegal and the African Union, to promote rapprochement and reconciliation between Libyans from all political backgrounds. Mandated by the African Union, the President of the Brazzaville Foundation is currently working on the continuation of this initiative. The article in Jeune Afrique explains how the method of the "master negotiator" Jean-Yves Ollivier allows the establishment of a climate conducive to reconciliation by focusing on the internal stakes in the now divided Libyan nation. 

A second meeting could take place at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa during the month of July 2020. It would provide an opportunity for different parts of Libyan society to make their voices and wishes heard for the construction of a peaceful Libya.

Read the full article here and on Jeune Afrique's website (in French) via the link : https://www.jeuneafrique.com/1000011/politique/diplomatie-le-docteur-ollivier-et-le-patient-libyen/


The future evolution of our website

Dear visitors and web users,

In order to better inform you, our site will undergo a first evolution in the coming days. Its presentation and navigation modes will therefore change, and new sharing functionalities will appear.

Several of our friends wanted us to put more emphasis on the action we are taking. We have taken their opinions into account and the future navigation bar and home page will reflect this wish.

The international health crisis has further validated action against falsified and substandard medicines. The Lomé initiative, which is very promising, therefore needs greater visibility and a new, more didactic space will be created.

Finally, the section on partnerships will also be revised. Partnerships between institutions have a term, linked to the duration of the projects carried out jointly. We are going to make better use of existing partnerships.

Thank you for reading us regularly. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your opinions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Richard Amalvy
Chief executive

Richard Amalvy appointed as new Chief executive of the Foundation

The Board of Trustees of the Brazzaville Foundation has appointed Mr. Richard Amalvy to the position of Chief executive. He took office on June 1, 2020. He succeeds Sir David Richmond who was appointed the Foundation's first CEO in 2015.

Richard Amalvy has held a number of positions in intergovernmental organisations, including as board member of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, Youth Policy Consultant to the World Bank, and Public and General Affairs Consultant to the OECD. Very active in the NGO sector for more than 25 years, he has been a leader of the European Youth Forum, the World Scout Bureau and the Conference of NGO members of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. He has co-designed and led programmes aimed at conflict resolution and civil society strengthening in Haiti, the Great Lakes region of Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. We welcome him among the team.

We also warmly thank Sir David Richmond for his contribution to the building, development and recognition of the activities of the Brazzaville Foundation. He will remain active among the Friends of the Foundation.

Webinar sur les faux médicaments le 05 juin 2020 à 17h00 (heure de Paris)

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La Fondation Brazzaville est heureuse de vous inviter à participer au webinar " Comment lutter contre le trafic de médicaments et tests falsifiés favorisé par la pandémie ?", organisé en collaboration avec l'Initiative Women in Africa, qui aura lieu le vendredi 05 juin à 17h00 (heure de Paris).

Il réunira 4 panélistes :

Jean-Louis Bruguière, ancien juge français, membre du Conseil Consultatif de la Fondation

Dr Barira Dan Nouhou, Directrice de la Pharmacie et de la Médecine traditionnelle au Ministère de la Santé du Niger, Amie de la Fondation

Dr Joannie Bewa, Médecin chercheuse à l'école de santé publique de l'Université de Floride du Sud et Fondatrice de la Young Beninese Leaders Association

Michel Sebah, Directeur Sûreté Afrique chez Sanofi

Le webinar sera modéré par Delphine Chêne, Présidente de La Tribune Afrique.

Inscrivez-vous au webinar via ce lien : https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1Fp44DkzTqaMVwnoKdeIxg.

Nomination of Philip Prettejohn as Honorary member of the Advisory Board

Mr Philip Prettejohn, who was one of the Foundation's original trustees, was a made an honorary member of the Advisory Board on 1 January 2020 following his retirement as a trustee.

The Brazzaville Foundation and the DOC Research Institute sign a partnership agreement

We are pleased to announce the signature of a partnership agreement with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute. 

This partnership aims at pooling our knowledge and experience to enhance the work of both and work together on a range of issues, notably in the field of conflict prevention and health, with a particular focus on Africa. 

Read the partnership agreement here and learn more about DOC's work on their website : https://doc-research.org/about-us/.

[Op-ed] Combating criminal trafficking in counterfeit medicines: another priority for Africa

In a column published on Monday 11 May on the website of L'Opinion, Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, and Jean-Louis Bruguière, member of the Brazzaville Foundation's Advisory Board, stress the need to maintain the fight against the traffic in fake medicines during this period of global health crisis, which criminal organisations are taking advantage of to put more falsified medicines into circulation, and invite African countries to join the Lomé Initiative against fake drugs launched in January 2020.

Read the Op-ed here.

Covid-19 and fake medicines

In an article in The Guardian on the coronavirus pandemic and the risk of an increase in the circulation of fake medicines in Ghana, a WHO public health expert referred to the Lomé Initiative as a recent measure in the fight against this traffic.
Access the article via this link.

[Op-ed in Jeune Afrique]

In a column published on Friday 1 May on the website of Jeune Afrique, Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, draws attention to the African Union’s willingness to support a dialogue on the Libyan conflict along the lines of the Dakar dialogue organised by the Foundation in 2018.

Read the column here.

Senegal honours Jean-Yves Ollivier

We are delighted and honoured to announce that the President of Senegal has appointed Mr Jean-Yves Ollivier, as Founder and Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, to the rank of Commander of the National Order of the Lion of Senegal. 

Support to the WHO in efforts to deal with the pandemic

The Brazzaville Foundation is extremely grateful to the WHO for supporting the Lomé Initiative to combat the traffic in substandard and falsified medicines. As the Coronavirus pandemic creates unprecedented challenges for the world health community, including a dramatic increase in the circulation of fake medicines and fake tests, the Foundation strongly supports the WHO's vital role in efforts to deal with the pandemic.

Covid-19 and the risk to the supply and quality of drugs

As COVID-19 research continues, it is critical that any approved drugs are safe and can be accessed by everybody throughout the world. 55 members of the campaign Medicines We Can Trust,from 20 countries,including David Richmond and Kim Doyle, CEO and Director of the Programmes and Partnerships of the Brazzaville Foundation, co-signed the article "COVID-19 and risks to the supply and quality of tests, drugs, and vaccines" published yesterday in The Lancet.
Access the article via the link : https://bit.ly/3aZ9Awi

Kabine Komara alerts viewers about the scourge of fake medicines on TV5 Monde

Kabine Komara, member of the Foundation's Advisory Board, was invited by the TV show "Et si ... vous me disiez toute la vérité" presented by Denise Epoté on channel TV5 Monde. This was an opportunity to alert viewers about the scourge of fake medicines in Africa.

Watch the video here.

Publication de l'article "Jean-Yves Ollivier, celui par qui Nelson Mandela a été libéré" dans La Revue de l'Afrique

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Amara Essy, homme politique et diplomate ivoirien membre du Conseil Consultatif de la Fondation, a publié le 2 février 2020 dans la Revue de l'Afrique un portrait de Jean-Yves Ollivier et son rôle historique en Afrique.

Retrouvez l'article via le lien suivant : https://revue-afrique.com/jean-yves-ollivier-nelson-mandela-libere/ 

The Foundation welcomes three new Advisory Board members

The Brazzaville Foundation is delighted to announce that Dr Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi, Mr Jan Kohout, the  former Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, and Mr Ruben Vardanyan, the Armenian philanthropist and businessman, have agreed to join the Foundation's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has an important role in providing guidance and support to the Foundation and we look forward to benefiting from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Cecilia Attias criticises the traffic in falsified medicines in Le Parisien

On Sunday 22nd of December, the French journal Le Parisien published an op-ed signed by Cecilia Attias, an Advisory Board member of the Brazzaville Foundation, in which she criticised the limited awareness and action taken to stop the traffic in falsified medicines, a major human and public health crisis.

Find the op-ed here : http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/sante/cecilia-attias-alerte-sur-les-faux-medicaments-combien-de-familles-ravagees-par-ces-pratiques-inhumaines-22-12-2019-8222901.php

Press release launching the Lomé Initiative

A press release launching the Lomé Initiative issued today. On 17 and 18th January, six African Heads of State will meet in Lomé, Togo, to sign a political declaration and a legally binding agreement which will commit them to introduce criminal legislation specifically designed to suppress the traffic in substandard and falsified medicines. This is the first phase of a wider programme to ensure access to safe and effective medicines to all their citizens.

Read the press release here.

Creation of the Leadership group for the substandard and falsified medicines

The Foundation's Advisory Board members, Kgalema Motlanthe, Kabiné Komara, Amama Mbabazi and Jean-Louis Bruguière, have accepted the Chairman's invitation to form a Leadership Group to help steer the Foundation's work on substandard and falsified medicines, including the Lomé Initiative. The former President of Malawi, Mrs Joyce Banda, who we hope will soon join the Advisory Board, has also agreed to be part of the Leadership Group.

Jean-Yves Ollivier at the Rhodes Forum 2019

At the Rhodes Forum 2019, Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Foundation, highlitghted the importance of philanthropy in today's world. Listen to his interview via this link: https://youtu.be/IMpIymWBdpM

The Foundation's work on falsified medicines mentioned at the 74th United Nations General Assembly Debate

Speaking during the 74th UN General Assembly debate, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, raised the dangers of fake medicines and referred to the Foundation's work on that issue. Listen to his speech at the following link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUSxsAQVgXI

Substandard and falsified medicines

Learn more about the Foundation's work on substandard and falsified medicines.

The Brazzaville Foundation's Chairman meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister to discuss Libya

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov on Friday received Jean-Yves Olivier, the founder and Chairman of The Brazzaville Foundation, an international NGO specializing in peacekeeping activities in Africa, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The meeting focused on the developments in Libya and prospects for resolving the Libyan crisis. The Russian side highlighted the importance of the soonest possible termination of the armed confrontation and the start of an inclusive political process under the UN aegis to achieve intra-Libyan accord and sustainable development of that country as a united, sovereign, and independent state," the ministry said.

The fight against fake medicines

The Foundation organised a working meeting, on the 3rd of September in Paris, with Congo Brazzaville, Niger, Senegal and Togo's representatives to discuss the new initiative on falsified medicines. 

Interview on the prospects for a continuation of the inter-Lybian dialogue

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Recently interviewed by the Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil about the prospects of a second round of the Inter-Libyan dialogue in Dakar, our Chairman, Jean-Yves Ollivier, said « All sides are encouraging me to hold another Dakar meeting. However, this is only possible if it is as part of preparation for a much larger dialogue, supported by the African Union ».


Find the article here. 


Foundation involvement in GIABA Lomé Forum

The Brazzaville Foundation was represented at the Advisory Forum organised by GIABA, the West African Inter Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering, in Lomé on 26-28 June.

Speaking on a panel on the financing of terrorism, Oliver Scutt, member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, drew attention to the growing involvement of the traffic in falsified medicines in such financing  and commended the new initiative being launched by five West African Presidents with the support of the Foundation to criminalise this traffic and impose stiff criminal penalties.




Marrakesh meeting on falisfied medicines

The Brazzaville Foundation organised a meeting in Marrakesh (Morocco) on 12-14 June 2019 to discuss its future actions in the fight against the traffic in substandard and falsified
medicines in Africa.

Over 30 participants, including some of those who are in the front line in the fight against fake medicines, agreed on the need for legislation to criminalise this traffic, the imposition of stricter penalties and a new tougher approach to enforcement which ensures close collaboration between police and customs officials and Health, Interior and Justice Ministries.









Advisory Board Meeting of the Brazzaville Foundation on 4 and 5 April 2019

Advisory Board Meeting of the Brazzaville Foundation on 4 and 5 April 2019


The Brazzaville Foundation held its annual dinner attended by Trustees, Advisory Board Members and a number of Friends of the Foundation at the Royal Automobile Club on 4 April. This was followed by the Advisory Board meeting on 5 April. Jean-Yves Ollivier, the Chairman, and Sir David Richmond, the Chief Executive, would like to thank the Advisory Board members for an excellent and productive meeting. 


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1st row: Rt Hon Amama Mbabazi / HE President Kgalema Motlanthe / HRH Prince Michael of Kent
2nd row: Dr Mathews Phosa / HE President Olusegun Obasanjo / Mr Jean-Yves Ollivier



Meeting with the Rwanda Health Minister

On 30-31 January Sir David Richmond, CEO of the Brazzaville Fondation, had the honour of meeting in Kigali Dr Diane Gashumba, the Health Minister of Rwanda and Mr Charles Karangwa, the acting Director of the Food and Drugs Authority. They discussed the organisation of a major conference in Kigali later this year to address the problem of substandard and falsified medicines in Africa.




Meeting with the Rwandan Food and Drugs Authority

Sir David Richmond will meet the acting Director General of the Rwandan Food and Drugs Authority in Kigali on Wednesday 30 January.  They will discuss the fight against falsified and sustandard medicines in Africa. 


Our chairman's meeting with Russian Deputy FM Bogdanov

Interfax - Russian Deputy FM Boganov, international NGO head discuss Libya settlement. 




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Lord Bell steps down as a Trustee

Lord Bell stepped down as a trustee of the Foundation on 9 November for health reasons. The Chairman has thanked him for all his work for the Foundation and especially his help in getting the Foundation up-and-running.


Call for tender for the prefiguration of the Blue Fund

Prefiguration study of the Congo Basin Blue Fund



The Brazzaville Foundation is pleased to announce that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has launched a call for tender for the Prefiguration study of the Congo Basin Blue Fund. Another milestone on the path to preserving the Congo Bassin.

View the call for tender here

The Brazzaville Foundation agrees to delay “Dakar 2"

The Brazzaville Foundation agrees to delay “Dakar 2"


The Brazzaville Foundation is committed to holding a new round of the inter-Libyan dialogue that it launched at a meeting in Dakar in May 2018. However, after consultations with the African Union and its Libyan contacts, the Foundation has agreed to delay “Dakar 2” until the end of this year or early next because the current security situation in Libya makes it difficult for potential participants to travel. This will also help avoid the risk of any interference with other international initiatives aimed at promoting peace in Libya. The Foundation will use the extra time to try to ensure more Libyan civil society involvement and increase participation by Libyan factions and militias.

In May 2018, with the support of the President of Senegal, the Brazzaville Foundation organised the first round of a inter-Libyan dialogue in Dakar to enable Libyans representing awide range of views and interests, including long-standing opponents, to meet, many for the first time, and talk to each other without outside intermediaries or outside interference. This dialogue is intended to break down the barriers of mistrust which currently divide Libyans and to create a process of rapprochement and reconciliation which will underpin negotiations on an eventual political settlement. As highlignted in recent publications, the Foundation's efforts are complementary to and supportive of the UN, African Union and other international initiatives designed to bring peace and stability to Libya. The aim of Dakar 2 is to broaden and deepen the dialogue begun in May.


Jean-Yves Ollivier at the Rhodes Forum 2018

Jean-Yves Ollivier at the Rhodes Forum 2018 

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The Brazzaville Foundation was honoured to be invited to participate in the 2018 Rhodes Forum organised by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute. 

In a panel  which included the former Malian President Dioncounda Traoré and the former Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, our Chairman, Mr Jean-Yves Ollivier, took the opportunity to talk about the role of private sector and foundations in promoting inter-cultural dialogue. He also shared his views concerning the relationship between the African continent and the rest of the world. He argued that governance in Africa should not be based on Western models: African countries should be able to find their own paths based on their own realities and traditions. 


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Discover the work of our Advisory Board Members Sundeep Waslekar and Ilmas Futehally

Discover the work of our Advisory Board Members: Sundeep Waslekar and Ilmas Futehally

The latest video from our Advisory Board members Ilmas Futehally and Sundeep Waslekar  and their work at the Strategic Foresight Group 

The Oxford Statement: #Medswecantrust

The Brazzaville Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the Oxford Statement. This was made after its participation at the International Conference on Medicine Quality & Public Health at Keble College, Oxford on 23-28 September 2018.



The Brazzaville Foundation supports the “Medicines We Can Trust” initiative in conjunction with the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71)

On Wednesday May 23rd, in conjunction with the 71st World Health Assembly, the "Medicines We Can Trust" conference will be held. The Brazzaville Foundation is a partner of this event aiming to promote the right to effective medicines for all.

One in ten of the world's medicines is of poor quality, poorly manufactured or counterfeit. This alarming phenomenon gravely affects people’s health, especially in poorer regions of the world, erodes citizens’ faith in their health systems and may even threaten states’ security as the criminal economy underlying fake drug trafficking worsens.

While the 71st General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) is being held this week in Geneva, the Brazzaville Foundation, alongside other organizations such as the Harvard Global Health Institute, is proud in supporting the “Medicines We Can Trust” initiative launched by the United States Pharmacopeia (U.S.P). This conference, organized on Wednesday, May 23rd in conjunction with the General Assembly, will bring together the leading experts on this topic at the international level to develop new ideas and a shared plan of actions for addressing this global crisis.

It is of the utmost urgency that the international community tackle this international public issue: the fight against substandard or counterfeit medicines requires the cooperation of all states – and not only those of the most affected regions, namely Africa or South-East Asia – to strengthen control over drug regulation, to detect fake drugs, to enforce laws and sanctions in a context of internationalized trafficking, and to increase awareness among patients and the broader public. The "Medicines We Can Trust" initiative is aimed at proposing possible solutions for eradicating these toxic substances from the lives of the most vulnerable.

By joining forces with the US Pharmacopeia, the Brazzaville Foundation seeks to build on its previous work in the African continent, where health and socio-economic development have been most heavily hit by falsified and substandard medicines. We have launched several advocacy initiatives to strengthen international and transnational coordination against this threat. Most recently, a conference organized on March 28th in London by the Brazzaville Foundation, in partnership with Harvard University's Global Health Institute, brought together health experts and government representatives around the table to exchange views on public health hazards caused by the proliferation of falsified and substandard medicines and on the solutions to curb this problem. We are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring quality in treatment for those all around the world.

Mustapha Niasse, facilitator of the interlibyan meeting organized by the Brazzaville Foundation

Mustapha Niasse, President of the National Assembly of Senegal, presents his approach of the meeting between Libyan opponents, organized by the Brazzaville Foundation in Dakar, Senegal.


Jean-Yves Ollivier, chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, explains the origins of the Libyans Meeting on 11-13 May

Jean-Yves Ollivier, founder and chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, explains what motivated him to arrange a meeting between Libyan opponents in Dakar, Senegal, on 11-13 May 2018.


Libyan opponents to meet in Dakar in new reconciliation effort

More than two dozen Libyans drawn from all parts of the political spectrum and representing both civil and political society are meeting in Dakar, Senegal on 11-13 May. This will be an opportunity for Libyans representing a wide range of views and interests, including long-standing opponents, to meet, many for the first time, and to talk to each other without intermediaries or outside interference.

The meeting, which has been in preparation for several months, has been organised by the Brazzaville Foundation with the support of President Macky Sall of Senegal. But the Foundation will not be taking part in this dialogue which will be exclusively between Libyans.

Among those taking part are members of the February and September movements.

Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, said:
“Our aim is to help break down the barriers of mistrust and suspicion which currently divide Libyans and which continue to be the biggest obstacle to peace and reconciliation in Libya. This is not a negotiating meeting, but we hope it will create the beginnings of a rapprochement which will underpin negotiations on an eventual political settlement. As such, it is complementary to, and supportive of, the UN and other initiatives to bring peace to Libya.”

The Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation named as Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Blue Fund

The Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation names as Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Blue Fund


The Heads of State and Government of the Congo Basin Climate Commission meeting in Brazzaville on 29 March 2018 have decided to appoint HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, Mrs Maria De Fatima Jardim, Angola’s Minister of the Environment, Mr. Lokua Kanza, Musician Artist, and Mr. Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, as Goodwill Ambassadors for the Congo Basin Blue Fund.

The Brazzaville Foundation is honoured to have this opportunity to support all the countries who have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the creation of the Blue Fund, including several new countries, and to work closely with them to make the Fund a reality.

Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, said:

"I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador which I see as a recognition of all the work the Brazzaville Foundation has done so far. As the originator of the idea of a Congo Basin Blue Fund, the Foundation has been assisting the Commission from the outset to help establish the Fund. I look forward to redoubling our efforts to mobilise the necessary financial resources.”


Read in French the Statement of the Head of States and Gouvernment of the Congo Basin Climate Commission

Advisory Board Meeting of the Brazzaville Foundation on 19 and 20 April

Advisory Board Meeting of the Brazzaville Foundation on 19 and 20 April 2018 


The Advisory Board members and some Friends of the Brazzaville Foundation met in London on 19 and 20 April 2018. A dinner in honour of the Foundation was held on 19 April at the Royal Automobile Club in the presence of our Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Advisory Board members, trustees and several Friends of the Foundation were present. The guest of honour was the distinguished Algerian diplomat, Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes.

Jean-Yves Ollivier, the Chairman of the Foundation, and Sir David Richmond, the Chief Executive, would like to thank them for what they thought was an excellent and productive meeting. The Foundation has made tremendous progress and we are now pursuing four or five very worthwhile and potentially high profile initiatives. Their support and advice are invaluable. The Foundation is  particularly grateful that several members of the Advisory Board have kindly agreed to take an active part in some of those initiatives.













Medicines that lie - a deadly public health crisis

The Brazzaville Foundation, in partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), held a highly successful conference on the issue of substandard and falsified medicines at the Wellcome Trust in London on 28 March.  

35 international experts and practitioners took part, including academics and researchers from Harvard, Oxford and the LSHTM, representatives from the WHO, the Council of Europe, the British and French Health Ministries, leading NGOs, including the Institute for Research against Counterfeit Medicines and the Chirac Foundation, and specialists from Africa and the Middle East.

A call to action…

The conference agreed that now was a crucial moment to tackle this issue which affects every country around the world but which in many low-income countries has become a grave public health crisis. It is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa where between 30% and 60% of the medicines in circulation are believed to be substandard or falsified.  It needs to be a new global priority.  

Starting with the upcoming World Health Assembly in May 2018, but also the G20, the African Union, the Commonwealth and the UN General Assembly, we want to ensure that the drive to provide Universal Health Care (UHC) as a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development means providing access to medicines but access to medicines that work. Failure to end the problem of substandard and falsified medicines will fatally undermine the goals of UHC .

Among the key conclusions were:

  • The agreement on working definitions at the 2017 World Health Assembly represents an important step forward. Disagreement on definitions and terminology can no longer be an excuse for inaction.
  • Because the issues of substandard and falsified medicines are complex, more research and data are still critical to define the precise scale and nature of the problem. 
  • This is a multi-faceted problem. The policy solutions, including, improved regulation, stronger legal frameworks, stricter enforcement and tougher penalties, need to reflect this reality. Therefore, these are issues that will require the engagement of not only health ministries but also justice and interior ministries. 
  • The Council of Europe’s Medicrime Convention provides a model for the introduction of a criminal legal framework. However, because criminal activity is transnational, this framework needs to be adopted world-wide to be effective. So far only 12 countries have ratified the Convention.
  • The extent of criminal involvement, especially transnational criminal networks, is an important area which remains under-researched.
  • Innovative technologies, particularly in the rapid detection of substandard and falsified medicines, are becoming available and are an important part of the solution. We need to ensure that successful experiments are evaluated quickly and rapidly scaled up.
  • A vigorous and effective global surveillance system is essential to understand the full dimensions of the problem. The new WHO system is a valuable start, but it suffers from massive under-reporting. We need to find new approaches to ensure better data and more systematic reporting.
  • International concern about the growth in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a further reason for increasing the focus on ending the traffic in substandard and falsified medicines.
  • Research to date has tended to focus on the supply side; more is now needed on the demand side. This means not only better consumer information but improved access to quality medicines – “medicines that work”. 



Lynda Scammell (UK MHRA); Oscar Alrcón Jiménez (Council of Europe - Medicrime); Ashish jha (Harvard) 
 Mick Deats (WHO), Irene Papanicolas (LSE)



Bernard Leroy (IRACM), Paul Newton (Oxford University), Harpakash Kaur (LHSTM), Ron Piervincenzi (USP), Sir David Richmond




Farid Bennis (Larophan, Friends of the Brazzaville Foundation); Nick Chance (Trustee of the Foundation)

Medicines that lie - a deadly public health crisis

Medicines that lie - a deadly public health crisis - reception

The Foundation is honoured that Mrs Pauline Latham OBE, MP, member of the House of Commons Committee on International Development,  agreed to speak at the reception to mark the opening of the conference we helped to organise on substandard and falsified medicinese.


Please see her speech




Mick Deats (WHO), Ashish Jha (Harvard Global Health Institute), Pauline Latham (British MP), Sir David Richmond



A preparatory study for the Blue Fund

Important step forward for the Congo Basin Blue Fund: terms of reference for the preparatory study approved


At a meeting of the ad hoc co-ordination group held in Rabat on 12 March chaired by the Congolese Minister of the Environment and the Moroccan Minister of State for Sustainable Development, experts agreed on the terms of reference for a detailed, six month preparatory study. This will make recommendations on which the crucial decisions on the financing, the operational management and the strategic governance of the Congo Basin Blue Fund will be taken and draw up a first investment plan.

The Brazzaville Foundation, which participated in the meeting, warmly welcomes this outcome which brings the Congo Basin Blue Fund, a concept originally devised by the Foundation, an important step closer to realisation.



The Moroccan Minister of State for Sustainable Developmentvironment Nezha El Ouafi and the Congolese Minister of the Environment Arlette Soudan Nonault together with experts and focal points of the Congo Bassin including the representatives of the 4C and Sir David Richmond, the Chieg Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation. 

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